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#26 Seldom

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Posted 18 August 2014 - 04:50 PM

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.  

You didn't miss much at 5:00 AM, it cleared the Colorado Plateau (about 5 deg elevation) between 5:30 and 5:45.

 

Hope another close Jupiter/something else conjunction comes around in 8 years rather than 14.



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Posted 18 August 2014 - 05:33 PM

Cloud broke up just sufficiently to allow a view from southern Ireland, in the rapidly lightening sky at 5.03 UT.

 

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Posted 18 August 2014 - 06:13 PM

Seldom,

Very, very nice. What equipment did you use to photograph it?



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Posted 18 August 2014 - 08:34 PM

Seldom,

Very, very nice. What equipment did you use to photograph it?

101 mm x 540 mm apo refractor and 60Da on a ZEQ25GT.  Although at the exposures I used I hardly needed an equatorial mount.

 

goodricke1, I really like your conjunction!  Could you post a larger one?  It's interesting that my conjunction was 7 hours later than yours (12:00 UT).



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Posted 19 August 2014 - 02:45 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.  

You didn't miss much at 5:00 AM, it cleared the Colorado Plateau (about 5 deg elevation) between 5:30 and 5:45.

 

Hope another close Jupiter/something else conjunction comes around in 8 years rather than 14.

 

There will actually be another one with Venus and Jupiter next year in June. They will be separated by about 0.3 degrees and will be visible in the evening.



#31 Chuck Hards

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Posted 19 August 2014 - 06:46 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.  

You didn't miss much at 5:00 AM, it cleared the Colorado Plateau (about 5 deg elevation) between 5:30 and 5:45.

 

Hope another close Jupiter/something else conjunction comes around in 8 years rather than 14.

 

 

Yeah, I know, it's just that 5 AM is my usual time for giving the sky a look after I've fired-up my department at work for the day.  I'm out there every clear morning whether there's a special event or not.  Cloudy this AM as a storm advances.

 

I remember reading as a young man about Mars actually transiting Jupiter at one time.  I can't recall if it was in the past or a future event.  That would certainly be something to see but I have a feeling such planetary transits only occur perhaps once in a millenium.



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Posted 19 August 2014 - 11:02 AM

I'd been looking forward to seeing this, but saw only a heavy cloud deck when I went out;  thanks to all who shared their photos, the next best thing!

John.



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Posted 19 August 2014 - 11:07 AM


goodricke1, I really like your conjunction!  Could you post a larger one?  It's interesting that my conjunction was 7 hours later than yours (12:00 UT).

Seldom, I don't really have anything better I'm afraid; my bigger shots just show more cloud, as below.

 

But I'm glad to have seen anything, it looked like the whole morning was going to be a complete write-off.

 

Yours are the best I think!

 

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Posted 19 August 2014 - 11:20 AM

Nice pics, everyone.  Cloudy here so thanks!



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Posted 19 August 2014 - 12:44 PM

And don't forget that on Saturday morning there will be a nice thin crescent of Moon joining in. Should be a good opportunity to take pictures.

 

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