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#51 russell23

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Posted 18 December 2020 - 10:12 PM

Well it was 18 deg F out but I managed to get about an hour and a half in before they moved behind trees I could not move around - 36” of snow two days ago did not help with that.  

 

95% of the time I observed the pair with the 102mm f/7 SV access and 18.2mm DeLite (39x, 1.5 deg).

 

Just really impressive view.  As I watched them I realized that it was 1980 when I first saw Jupiter and Saturn in a 4” Astroscan.    Crazy to think I’ve been doing this for 40 years. 


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Posted 18 December 2020 - 11:25 PM

Two camera shots at the end of evening twilight. Hand held camera shot through 10 f/5.7 inch Dob. scope 150x and camera shot on tripod 3x.DSC02665 2 - Copy.JPG

 

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Posted 18 December 2020 - 11:47 PM

I had the XT6 out this evening and in a moment of steady seeing was rewarded with cloud bands on Jupiter and the Cassini Division at the same time in the same frame.  Meade 5000 8.8 was the eyepiece.

It didn't last long but man was it great to see.  Here's hoping the early evening clouds stay away the next few days too.


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Posted 19 December 2020 - 01:32 AM

Tonight through my iPhone 7 (2x lens) w/Nightcap --> 30mm Zhummel eyepiece --> Z12 Dob.

 

 

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Posted 19 December 2020 - 07:15 AM

I got my own iPhone shot from a couple of days ago of the M/J/S conjunction.

 

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Very interesting that you live far south and I look at it as upside down. I live far north! Nice picture! 


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Posted 19 December 2020 - 08:27 AM

I got to see both planets in the same view with my es 6.7 82 eyepiece last night. Pretty neat!
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Posted 19 December 2020 - 01:29 PM

Nice shot! You got the moon, sundog and planets! Now put it in Photoshop and blot out the bright street light in the middle of the picture. You can also block off that light for a short time by covering it up with a black garbage bag!


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#58 LuxTerra

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Posted 19 December 2020 - 01:30 PM

Been cloudy all week. Might have a few hours on Sunday, so gotta make sure everything is ready to go!

 

Thanks for the shots.



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Posted 19 December 2020 - 01:44 PM

Now they are getting interesting! I had my C102 f/1000 scope out last night and used my N13mm T6 82* and fit both of them very comfortable in the FOV. Had Saturns Rings clearly and all 4 of Jupiter's moons. Tonight I'll try my Binoviewer on them. That should be interesting.

 

Looking at the next 4 nights may be problematic, Tonight it will be partly cloudy. Sunday will be rain and on the big day on Monday it is listed as partly cloudy? Tuesday will be clear, so that may be it? One day off still should have them under 1/2" a degree I hope? Anyone have an idea about that day?

 

Clear skies and Happy Holidays everyone!


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Posted 19 December 2020 - 02:35 PM

The 22nd will be a separation of about .2 degrees or less than 1/2 lunar diameter. So still very close.

Barry Simon
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Posted 19 December 2020 - 04:35 PM

Here's an iPhone photo that I took last night.

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Posted 19 December 2020 - 05:02 PM

Here from last night as well (12-18-20, 6:08 PM EST). Hard to choose I took so MANY!! See Alp1-Alp2 Cap, etc.

 

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Posted 19 December 2020 - 05:04 PM

Here from last night as well (12-18-20, 6:08 PM EST). Hard to choose I took so MANY!! See Alp1-Alp2 Cap, etc.

 

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Nicer, a close-up, no Fomalhaut, but better Cap stars. 12-18-20, 6:15 PM EST.

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Posted 19 December 2020 - 07:02 PM

The 22nd will be a separation of about .2 degrees or less than 1/2 lunar diameter. So still very close.

Barry Simon

Well, if I get shut out Monday, I still have tonight's view fresh in my mind! They where awesome in my scope tonight.


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Posted 20 December 2020 - 05:48 AM

Miraculously, the sky went from completely overcast at 4:30 PM to enough clarity for me to hastily get the 12" out and try for Saturn-Jupiter. I only have the iPhone 8 and my Sony DSC-HX-400V. 

 

Here are the best shots from 12-19-20 (wave over to see details).

 

iPhone:

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Sony:

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From iPhone Movie:

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Posted 20 December 2020 - 06:14 PM

Had a tiny break in the clouds, but it didn't last long enough to do anything. I did get a peak without the scope, but as soon it got slightly dark, clouds. As soon as those cleared, building obstacle. Going to have to travel if I want to see this one. :)


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Posted 20 December 2020 - 06:33 PM

Very nice view right now from north Alabama after clouds cleared .  Hey, what is the 5th "satellite"around Jupiter?  Wasn't expecting that.  


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Posted 20 December 2020 - 07:05 PM

          When is the conjunction? Please tell me its not tonight! Well, I can get the 'Scope out tomorrow. If I take it out now, they will set before cool down is finished, even if I use the fan. And I was debating setting up all afternoon, but got caught up in cooking & doing some late Christmas decorating. 

 

          Clear Skies,

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Posted 20 December 2020 - 07:09 PM

                         Phew! Its tomorrow, must remember to set up in the afternoon! 

                         And on the Solstice as well. cool.gif

 

                         Matt.


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Posted 20 December 2020 - 07:11 PM

When is the conjunction? Please tell me its not tonight! Well, I can get the 'Scope out tomorrow. If I take it out now, they will set before cool down is finished, even if I use the fan. And I was debating setting up all afternoon, but got caught up in cooking & doing some late Christmas decorating.

Clear Skies,
Matt.

Tomorrow is the closest approach. Today they can be be seen together at >300x (76 °AFOV eyepiece). The seeing is horrible, so 200x is more than enough and actually more appealing.

I just caught an star (HD191250) perfectly aligned with Jupiter's moons, like a 5th one!
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Posted 20 December 2020 - 07:12 PM

Stunning view from central Ohio. Thought for sure I'd miss it tonight and rest of next week as our forecast looks terrible. I'm so pleased. Stellarvue 80 with TV 3-6 Zoom.  Both systems easily fit with the 3 mm. 


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Posted 20 December 2020 - 07:13 PM

Taken with a Samsung S10 phone and an Astro-Tech AT80ED with 25mm Plossl eyepiece (22X). About 6 pm Central US time tonight, December 20, 2020.

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Posted 20 December 2020 - 09:51 PM

I was not expecting a clear sky tonight so it was nice to have one for at least enough time to see and photograph the conjunction.  Seeing was poor and the mosquitoes were bad but Jupiter and Saturn were really close.  Tomorrow should be spectacular!  Like someone else commented on in a post above there was an interloper in the line of Galilean moons of Jupiter (between the two closest to Saturn in the photograph.

 

Photo is not too good.  Taken about 1/2 hour after sunset thru an AstroTech 102 EDf coupled to a Canon 60D.  The scope has a focal length of 709 mm .

 

Hopefully the mosquitoes will not be too bad tomorrow.

 

Barry Simon

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Posted 20 December 2020 - 10:20 PM

Here is another one from earlier this evening.  This time I used a TeleVue 4x Powermate with the AT 102EDf.

 

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Posted 20 December 2020 - 10:41 PM

Seeing was poor and the mosquitoes were bad but Jupiter and Saturn were really close.

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Hopefully the mosquitoes will not be too bad tomorrow.

Barry Simon


Barry, do you still have mosquitoes in NOLA? I haven't really noticed them here in BR. I only heard a couple in BRAS observing site last week, but they didn't harm. Although shortly before the DSSG last month at least one was active and hungry in my backyard. That got me by surprise...

Well, I will blame the cold and the latitude when I move back to Germany, but not them.... outside the summer.

Enjoy the event. Tomorrow we should have a clear evening, at least here in "the north".
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