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.
Edited by BarrySimon615, 17 August 2014 - 10:44 AM.