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#51 alphatripleplus

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Posted 12 December 2020 - 07:43 AM

Took a look a couple of nights ago at Jupiter and Saturn separately with my C8 a little after sunset - they are pretty low, and I have had better views of each individually. However, it will be fun to get them in the same FOV shortly.



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Posted 12 December 2020 - 11:24 AM

Saturn and Jupiter in the Southwest sky at 19:50 est on December 9.  Globular Cluster M75, Saturnian moons Titan and Rhea, and Jovian moons Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto are also visible.
Sony a6400, Sony 70-350mm, 72 light frames, darks, flats, dark flats, and bias. 10 seconds, f8, 350mm, iso400. Stacked in DeepSky Stacker. Processed in StarTools and Photoshop. I took the gnarly looking inset pictures of the planets with different settings. The insets are 5 times larger than the background because I enlarged them 2.5x and I binned the background 2x.

attachicon.gif201209 M75 Titan Saturn Rhea Jupiter Europa Ganymede Callisto wide.jpg

Is M75 on the far left of your  image - near the vertical center?



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Posted 12 December 2020 - 02:16 PM

Is M75 on the far left of your  image - near the vertical center?

Yes. Small fuzzy.



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Posted 12 December 2020 - 06:07 PM

For Beginners - YouTube - How long can you see the Great Conjunction in a telescope?

 

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Posted 12 December 2020 - 06:29 PM

Kids and I managed to get both in the eyepiece with my widefield last night.  It was a crowdpleaser. :D



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Posted 13 December 2020 - 06:56 AM

12-12-20, 5:40 PM EST

 

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Posted 13 December 2020 - 06:57 AM

12-12-20 6:20 PM EST

 

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Posted 13 December 2020 - 07:29 AM

The weather forecast here is not too good for the next ten days, unfortunately. Hopefully we get some visibility on the 21st.



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Posted 13 December 2020 - 07:41 AM

I am at 1 degree north of the equator but it had been one cloudy night after another due to the ongoing northeast monsoon season bawling.gif The tall high-rise buildings all around my apartment do not help either!

 

“On the evening of closest approach on Dec. 21 they will look like a double planet, separated by only 1/5th the diameter of the full moon,” said Hartigan, a professor of physics and astronomy. “For most telescope viewers, each planet and several of their largest moons will be visible in the same field of view that evening.” Weather permitting, the best viewing conditions will be near the equator. Hartigan said the planetary duo will appear low in the western sky for about an hour after sunset each evening.

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Posted 13 December 2020 - 11:04 AM

The weather forecast here is not too good for the next ten days, unfortunately. Hopefully we get some visibility on the 21st.

I've taken a whole series of shots from my backyard over the last month or so.

 

However - the pair are now just above the tree-line as viewed from a spot about 30 yards from my house -- so I'll now have to drive to my fav "good Western Horizon" spot (where I imaged/observed Comet NOEWISE from).

 

But --- weather is not looking good for that -- next 3 days forecast is - minor snow (1"), flurries, snowstorm (6 to 12 inches) -- so I'll be looking for good images on-line ---- if the power doesn't go out.



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Posted 13 December 2020 - 11:40 AM

I took these iPhone photographs of the two gas giants on Thursday evening, the first one being a hand-held afocal shot using an 80mm f/5 Orion ShortTube refractor and a 30mm Celestron Ultima eyepiece.

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Posted 13 December 2020 - 11:48 AM

Here are two iPhone photos from Friday evening.

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Posted 13 December 2020 - 04:51 PM

An airplane flew "between" the two planets on December 10th.

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Posted 13 December 2020 - 04:56 PM

What magnification is that?
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Posted 13 December 2020 - 05:10 PM

byang, on 13 Dec 2020 - 07:41 AM, said:

I am at 1 degree north of the equator but it had been one cloudy night after another due to the ongoing northeast monsoon season bawling.gif The tall high-rise buildings all around my apartment do not help either!

Byang, maybe you could visit some place Southwest of the tall buildings and get a better view. Sentosa maybe?

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Posted 13 December 2020 - 05:18 PM

I am at 1 degree north of the equator but it had been one cloudy night after another due to the ongoing northeast monsoon season bawling.gif The tall high-rise buildings all around my apartment do not help either!

Go set up somewhere else in public and share the view! (if it's possible in this covid though, if not please do solo)


Edited by Bowlerhat, 13 December 2020 - 05:19 PM.


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Posted 13 December 2020 - 05:42 PM

What magnification is that?

If you're referring to my last post, the magnification was 13x.  Jupiter and Saturn are overexposed in that image and looked like they did in the previous photo through the eyepiece.  The camera zoom setting was probably a bit different too.



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Posted 13 December 2020 - 06:45 PM

Happy holidays on the way snoopy2.gif and before the snow blankets the show. coldday.gif

 

 

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Posted 13 December 2020 - 07:03 PM

That’s the spirit VanJan! At least you have clear skies, it’s cloudy here tonight!

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Posted 13 December 2020 - 09:04 PM

  I have been watching for about a month and it's amazing just to watch them get closer.  This is great event for beginners or pro's.  

We've been watching them for a couple of weeks with the binoculars, and it has prompted me to get back into astronomy after too long of an absence.  Really amazing how quickly they are coming together right now. 
 



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Posted 13 December 2020 - 09:49 PM

Here they are from my upstairs porch this evening, Sunday.

 

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Posted 14 December 2020 - 12:16 AM

Well, so much for clear skies and well-laid plans to track the conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn. The low clouds were quickly blowing by, but the high level clouds were like a blanket over the sky amplifying the light pollution and completely obscuring Jupiter and Saturn.

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Posted 14 December 2020 - 01:50 AM

Thanks for your suggestion, Martyn and Bowlerhat. Within 1km from my apartment, there is a multi-storey carpark where at its top level I can have an unblocked view of the southwest. So if there is chance of a clear sky over the next few evenings, I will take a walk there with my better half to try to catch the two giants (at the point of writing, gathering of more than 5 person is still not allowed here).

 

But I wouldn't be too hopeful as my multiple attempts to catch the Comet Neowise a few months back and at the same carpark all ended in failures due to the persistent thick cloud cover and the short viewing window each evening before the comet set and eventually faded in brightness. Well, just have to keep my fingers crossed for this one!


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Posted 14 December 2020 - 06:05 AM

Some images from12-13-20 (wave over to see ID info):

 

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IMG_2618 12-13-20 559 PM EST Saturn-Jupiter sml.JPG

 

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Posted 14 December 2020 - 08:48 AM

If we have clear skies on the 21st, at least I have an unobstructed view at low altitudes in the direction I need to look.


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