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#1 CarlosEH

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Posted 28 February 2009 - 10:39 PM

I was able to view the conjunction of the Moon and Venus on February 27/28, 2009 visually and using binoculars (11 x 56 mm Oberwerk). The Thin Waxing Crescent Moon (2.9 days old) was spectacular with brilliant Venus (-4.61m) to the northwest. I was able to frame the Moon and Venus between a group of palm trees. The view was impressive in my 11 x 56 mm Oberwerk binoculars. I hope that others were able to view the event as well.

The first observation was made visually on February 27, 2009 (23:30 U.T.).

Digital images produced using Photoshop CS3.

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Posted 28 February 2009 - 10:43 PM

My second observation of the moon and Venus conjunction made using 11 x 56 mm Oberwerk binoculars on February 28, 2009 (00:15 U.T.). Earthshine was prominent with maria visible over the unilluminated side.

A digital image produced using Photoshop CS3.

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Posted 28 February 2009 - 11:52 PM

Carlos,

Very nice. Keep the sketches coming.

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Posted 01 March 2009 - 12:33 AM

Carlos,

Beautiful sketches of the 3 day old crescent moon/earthshine and Venus. I did get a good observation of this event tonight but I missed the main event the night before that you have captured so beautifully above.
Great job Carlos! :cool: :bow: :rainbow:

Frank :)

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Posted 01 March 2009 - 06:00 PM

Frank and 4Texans,

Thank you both for the compliments on my Moon and Venus observations. I am glad that you were able to view the pair as well.

Carlos

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Posted 01 March 2009 - 06:03 PM

Great view of this conjunction, missed the close one the other night, great idea with the palm tree.

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Posted 01 March 2009 - 10:48 PM

Tommy,

Thank you for he compliment on my Moon and Venus observations. I am sorry that you missed the close event. Hopefully you will get to see a close event soon.

Carlos

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Posted 04 March 2009 - 02:59 PM

Carlos,

Don't know which one I like the best. Both sketches are simply stunning! :bow: :bow: :bow:

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Posted 04 March 2009 - 05:00 PM

Carlos

Very nice digital sketch work. :bow: :bow: :bow: I especially like the trees in the foreground of the top image as it renders a perspective of distance and depth.

Keep up the great work and thanks for sharing these images,

Mark

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Posted 04 March 2009 - 09:32 PM

Carlos,

Terrific sketches! I really like both but like Mark I really like the trees in the foreground. Good luck in your up and coming observations!

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Posted 04 March 2009 - 11:42 PM

Yes, as always these are wonderful sketches. The first has the art-like quality (with the trees in the foreground) that you'd get from a photograph, while the second is more like a science piece with the "FOV circle."

I like both, though at first I was going to ask why Venus didn't have a crescent shape in the telescopic view. That's when I double checked your post and realized you were doing a binocular observation...hard to see the crescent at 11x power. :crazy:

Thanks for sharing, I especially like the details you showed in the Earthshine. They're subtle and muted, but definitely present.

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Posted 05 March 2009 - 05:31 AM

Thank you all for the wonderful and very kind compliments on my Moon and Venus observations. I was fortunate to have enjoyed the clear skies to make the observations. The scene was so spectacular that I had to tear myself away to make the rendering. The best of luck in your own observations.

Carlos






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