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#1 Star-gaze69

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Posted 15 August 2014 - 04:37 PM

On Monday morning (August 18th) in the predawn sky Venus and Jupiter will have their closest conjunction since 2000. They'll be less than 1/2 degree apart! They're supposed to be near M44, the Beehive Cluster in Cancer.

 I think I'll go outside into the steambath known as August in SE Texas, and see if I can view it (and the cluster) in my binos. 


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Posted 15 August 2014 - 06:19 PM

I just posted a link on FB to the S&T article covering same.. I was thinking same thing.. The next couple days will be interesting in binos or naked eye..especially with the beehive close by.  Monday I hope it's clear and that I can wake up early enough to go drive someplace with a view of the horizon. Should be a great telescope target when they're close on the 18th. Haven't seen two planets at once yet :) 


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#3 Orion92

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Posted 15 August 2014 - 06:19 PM

I will be looking as well if the skies are clear that morning! Just FYI, M44 is the Beehive and M33 is the Triangulum galaxy.

 

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Posted 15 August 2014 - 06:55 PM

I will be looking as well if the skies are clear that morning! Just FYI, M44 is the Beehive and M33 is the Triangulum galaxy.

 

Kyle

I had the S&T article open beside me, and I still mistyped it. Geez, I need to get my eyes checked!



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Posted 16 August 2014 - 07:33 AM

Yes! I know and I saw Jupiter and Venus 3 days ago for just in case that I know where to look at it! HOPE CLEAR on 18th in my backyard!



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Posted 16 August 2014 - 09:29 AM

Yeah, it will be a pretty sight in the eyepice.  Both will fit in a low power EP under 100x in a SWA EP.  Expect to see a lot of picyures that day here.



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Posted 16 August 2014 - 02:26 PM

i heard there was some nice views of it this morning from a club member..i observed early evening until the moon rose so i slept through it today... hoping for a viewing monday am around 5am

 

i just took a look to see where they were in daytime.. looks to be about 20-30° from the sun... but too much overcast... any thoughts on trying to find the pair in daytime tomorrow if the clouds cooperate? is that too close to the sun and thus too dangerous? i was thinking of trying with my alt/az mounted tripod. no setting circles or anything just sky safari or stellarium to show me general location.  

 

I wonder if they would be bright enough to be seen with a finder in daylight if i found the right location? 

 

i can't wait to see some of the pics!



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Posted 17 August 2014 - 06:46 AM

I'll be looking at it in pictures. The forecast for clouds and now rain continues on for another week.



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Posted 17 August 2014 - 08:01 AM

Had  nice blue skies with puffy white clouds by day that turn into full cloud cover come evening.

Rain and scattered storms predicted for next 5 days.

Have missed many conjunctions,eclipses and just saw a minute or two of the last Venus transit;all because of clouds.



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Posted 17 August 2014 - 10:40 AM

I set the alarm for 6 am this morning to see the prelude to the Jupiter/Venus conjunction (this morning, Sunday, 8-17,  they were about 41 arc minutes apart and tomorrow morning they will be only 19 arc minutes apart).

 

I had previously worked out the altitude and azimuth of the pair at different times in relation to where the Sun was below the horizon.  Fortune smiled on me in respect to my viewing post, our guest bedroom on the 2nd floor has windows facing directly toward where the pair would rise (an azimuth of 70 degrees).  At 6 am CDT,  Venus would be just 3 degrees above the horizon with Jupiter directly below and just 2 degrees, 20 minutes above the horizon.  While the sky was clear and my viewing position was great, I should have started viewing about 5 to 10 minutes earlier as Jupiter and Venus were plenty high enough and while very pretty, the brightening sky did tend to affect the visibility of Jupiter.  I think Jupiter would have been more prominent if I had started viewing (and taking pictures) about 5 minutes sooner.

The cylindrical object with the light on the left side of the picture is a fuel tank at the temporary pumps located on the Orleans Avenue Canal.  The crane in the background is another 1/2 mile away at the site of the "under construction" permanent pumping station at Lake Pontchartrain and the Orleans Canal.  The canal, just 200 yards from my home, was the only one of three outflow canals in New Orleans, that did not fail during Hurricane Katrina. My neighborhood had some flooding, my house did not flood.  My old home, just 3 blocks to the south got 4 feet of water and it has since been torn down and rebuilt from the ground up.

 

Tomorrow morning Jupiter and Venus will appear only 19 arc minutes apart.  I will get up 15 minutes earlier tomorrow to take some photos of the two in a darker sky.

 

The photo shown has been reduced in size and has lost detail.  It was taken with a Canon Powershot A640.  The camera was set to ISO 200.  It was used in manual mode,  The shutter was at 1/15th second and the aperture was f/3.5.  It was taken at 6:02 am CDT.

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Posted 18 August 2014 - 02:08 AM

I got up at 6 am today and found what I was searching for - a very bright ''star'' low in the east. If you looked closely you could notice they were two! I pointed my 60 mm refractor towards them and was surprised with a great sight of the two planets, even though it was quite light outside. Jupiter was a large brown ball, while yellow Venus was nearing full illumination. They were easily fit with my 32 magnification eyepiece, which was the only one I could bring. An amazing sight!



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Posted 18 August 2014 - 05:51 AM

I took a pic with my phone. I zoomed in a bit and did a screenshot. Venus and Jupiter are just to the upper right of tree in center.

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Posted 18 August 2014 - 06:14 AM

Saw it on the drive to my vanpool.  I had forgot about it, but always look towards Venus in the morning.  STUNNING!  Truly awestruck by something likely overlooked by the thousands around me.



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Posted 18 August 2014 - 07:01 AM

didnt get any pics (long story) but thanks to you who haveposted some.. please post more pics :)

 

both naked eye and through the scope was quite a site this morning!



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Posted 18 August 2014 - 07:28 AM

5:30 a.m. sky  fully clouded,Moon only a bright area in the clouds.Went back to bed.8:30 a.m. sky  full overcast.



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Posted 18 August 2014 - 07:36 AM

I woke up at 4 am and 5 am..... :flame:  :flame:  :flame:  :flame:  Thanks to cloudy! :flame:  :flame:  :flame:  :flame:

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Posted 18 August 2014 - 07:56 AM

Had a nice view of it driving to work this morning. Pretty cool!

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Posted 18 August 2014 - 08:18 AM

I drove my scope up to the continental divide and spotted the pair around 5:20 AM under gorgeous skies. The divide sits just east of us, so I had to move to get a good view. I could barely make out a few members of the Beehive Cluster, but around 5:30 it was just the planets. I spent most of my time just checking it out with naked eye. Also got to spend some time with Orion. It was a nice cool morning... starting to feel like fall.



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Posted 18 August 2014 - 08:26 AM

It was pretty low at 5:45, very nice view, but getting light outside.



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Posted 18 August 2014 - 09:40 AM

Please see Post #10 in this thread from my photo on Sunday morning, taken at 6:02 am CDT.  In that one Venus is above Jupiter and the separation was approximately 41 arc minutes according to Desktop Universe.

 

This morning I got up about 20 minutes earlier, and I got the pair in a darker sky when both were more prominent, separation being only 19 arc minutes.  The first picture I am posting was taken at the same time as yesterday (6:02 am CDT) and with one day's progression, Jupiter is now above Venus.  The picture was taken from the same bedroom window as yesterday.

 

The second picture shows the pair in a darker sky as this one was taken at 5:44 am CDT.

 

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Posted 18 August 2014 - 10:04 AM

Very nice!



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Posted 18 August 2014 - 10:32 AM

I got a beautiful view of it up here near Lake Erie.

It's nice to see that most of you did too!



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Posted 18 August 2014 - 10:35 AM

Alas, the only conjunction visible here was the cloud to ground lightning type.

 

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Posted 18 August 2014 - 10:35 AM

Cloudy when I arrived at work at 5AM, but got a nice view with a 10x25 bino about an hour later.  

 

I think I read somewhere that this is the closest planetary conjunction since 2006.  



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Posted 18 August 2014 - 03:42 PM

Got this photo at 6:00 AM MDT.  Printed a calibrated photo of it, and make the separation to be about 19.5'. Can anybody post a link to a UTC time vs. separation table?

 

Jupiter's moons are easy, but if you look carefully you can see the Beehive above Venus and to the left.

 

According to Sky Safari the angular dimension of Venus is only about 10" and Jupiter is over 30".  The original image of Venus was much larger, but I Photoshopped the flare. I think it's still too big, but the Venus image here is the size of the totally burned out disk on my RAW file. The larger shot used a 2x Barlow.  I didn't clean up the flare on it.

 

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