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Appulse of Vesta and Ceres 6 July 2014

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#1 Special Ed

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Posted 11 July 2014 - 02:08 PM

Hi Everyone,

I managed to observe and sketch the appulse of Ceres and Vesta the other night. It was tricky at first because a series of high clouds came in unexpectedly and the nearby Moon threw a lot of glare. I finally was able to find Zeta Vir (should have been easy at mag 3.4 but that's how thick the clouds were) and put the telrad on it (I was using my widefield Astroscan reflector).

After that, it was just a matter of matching the starfield using the chart I downloaded from S&T. Ceres and Vesta were ~1.5 degrees to the SW of Zeta Vir. Also, the Dawn spacecraft (on its way from Vesta to Ceres) is somewhere in the FOV but much to small to see--how cool is that?

I had hopes of doing another sketch to show the motion of the two bodies while they still appeared so close but the weather would not cooperate. I am confident, however, that I correctly identified the pair because of the chart I used.

I have read that this is as close as the two have ever appeared since their discovery 200 years ago. :cool:

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#2 Tommy5

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Posted 11 July 2014 - 07:20 PM

Very cool sketch thanks for sharing.

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Posted 11 July 2014 - 09:16 PM

Michael, an outstanding observation and sketch. Very interesting details regarding the Dawn spacecraft, very cool to consider it is somewhere hidden in the field of view. Excellent!

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Posted 11 July 2014 - 09:41 PM

T5 and Rich--thank you both very much. I was delighted to get the chance to see this event since I haven't had the opportunity to stargaze in a long time.

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Posted 11 July 2014 - 11:58 PM

Michael,

Very nicely done.
I was thinking you were very quiet this summer.
Nice to see this capture from you.

Frank :)

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Posted 12 July 2014 - 01:13 AM

Outstanding and very interesting observation !
Here we were under the clouds.

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Posted 12 July 2014 - 05:34 AM

Michael, fine catch! I made a sketch 3 days before you.

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Posted 12 July 2014 - 06:47 AM

Frank, Michel, Jef--thanks to all of you.

Sorry about the clouds, Michel.

Nice sketch, Jef. I recognize the starfield--you can see it in my sketch. Your smaller fov is centered on the eastern most star of the trianglular asterism in the NW quadrant of my sketch. You picked up a couple of 10th and 11th magnitude field stars that I couldn't see at 15x.

Frank, end of the school year and orchard work together took up all my time for months. I went to the Green Bank Star Quest at the end of June (where I did a couple of presentations/workshops on astrosketching) hoping that would kickstart me back into more stargazing. So far, it seems to be working...

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Posted 12 July 2014 - 02:12 PM

Michael,

Nice sketch of Vesta & Ceres on July 6th :).

CS,KLU,

:thanx:,

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Posted 12 July 2014 - 09:43 PM

Michael and Jef,

So nice to compare these two fine captures a few days apart.
:waytogo:
Frank :)

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Posted 13 July 2014 - 12:55 AM

I agree with Frank, what a nice observation, you two. Man, sorry I missed it.

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Posted 13 July 2014 - 07:55 AM

Michael,

A nice observation of the appulse of Ceres and Vesta. It is very neat to observe both objects in the same field. Thank you for sharing it with us all.

Jef- An excellent observation of the appulse of Ceres and Vesta as well. Thank you for sharing it with us all.

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Posted 13 July 2014 - 08:44 PM

Tom, Frank, Norms, Carlos--thanks folks! I agree--it is always nice to get two sketcher's viewpoints of the same event.

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Posted 13 July 2014 - 09:30 PM

Nice detail. Finding them is hard for me; much less sketching them.

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Posted 14 July 2014 - 07:49 AM

Thanks, Roland. Finding them can be tough. It always helps when they are near a landmark in the sky. In this case they were close to Zeta Vir so I starhopped from there. A good chart helped, too.






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