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#1 Cpk133

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Posted 13 April 2024 - 01:04 PM

Looks about 1/2 degree on April 20th.  Will it be high enough or the sky too bright to see Uranus?


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Posted 13 April 2024 - 01:32 PM

Should not be an issue, I guess. My last attempts with 12P/Pons revealed, that 1hr after sunset, Uranus was well identifiable even in the finder. At that timepoint Jupiter/Uranus still will be some 8° above horizon. I don't think it will be an issue, given you have a clear horizon. Clarity easily can be an issue however, as my experiences at the opposite end of the ecliptic revealed ...

 

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Posted 13 April 2024 - 03:24 PM

At 8:30pm PDT on the 20th, they'll be at 5° altitude here in SoCal (33° 44' N). Shouldn't be any problem at all... although you're a lot farther north than I am. For me, sunset is sixty-seven minutes earlier, at 7:23pm.

 

Uranus is currently mag 5.8. I spotted it easily two days ago, an hour after sunset, in my Docter 15x60s, when it was 1.5° directly above Jupiter.

 

Weather permitting... look for it this evening, and keep track of it over the coming days.

 

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Posted 13 April 2024 - 03:31 PM

I saw it last night at early darkness.  Easy to find, directly (almost) above Jup.  Used ETS 90mm and Baader Mark IV zoom.  Very faint.


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Posted 13 April 2024 - 07:08 PM

I’m going to try tonight with my 80ed and binoviewer.  Shouldn’t be a problem.  Next Sat, my club has an observing night with a really good W horizon, hopefully it’s clear like tonight.


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Posted 13 April 2024 - 07:53 PM

Well that didn’t last long, clouds just rolled in bawling.gif maybe tomorrow night.



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Posted 14 April 2024 - 08:11 AM

Uranus is very easy to spot.

It's the first "star" that pops out of the darkening sky about "1/4 of a finder field directly above" Jupiter from mid-northern latitudes.

I watched it last night with a little C5. Nice little planet appearing yellowish in color against the blue-gray background sky.


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Posted 15 April 2024 - 06:00 PM

Easy to spot last night with 80ed and 8-24 baader zoom.


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Posted 16 April 2024 - 10:59 PM

I believe this may be the pair. iPhone 12 Pro to the 32mm eyepiece of my Questar 3.5 at 43.75x magnification. No mount, no tracking… a handheld mess, but I think I got them.

 

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Posted 17 April 2024 - 12:59 AM

I believe this may be the pair.

Yep.  waytogo.gif


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Posted 17 April 2024 - 10:29 PM

Two days out for the conjunction.  Captured with a Takahashi 120 mm 2X Televue Powermate, and a Nikon Z8 in Tucson

looks better in flickr than the thumbnail  https://flic.kr/p/2pKSXHo

 

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Posted 17 April 2024 - 10:50 PM

Here’s mine… capture process same as last night. Interesting to see them drawing closer.

 

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Posted 19 April 2024 - 08:53 PM

Here’s mine… capture process same as last night. Interesting to see them drawing closer.

 

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I tried capturing a cell phone pic tonight, absolute fail.  My old samsung was easy, this one has a mind of its own even in manual mode.


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Posted 19 April 2024 - 09:36 PM

Last night was a wash for me due to clouds. I’ll be trying again tonight.

If you’re using an iPhone, make sure you’re in Night mode, Live off. You’ll need to make certain eye relief allows you to capture the image (which is why, using my 32mm eyepiece, I have to hand hold the phone).

Good luck; I’ll post if I catch it, but it’s getting lower for sure.

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Posted 19 April 2024 - 09:44 PM

https://whenthecurve...us-conjunction/



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Posted 19 April 2024 - 11:37 PM

Here’s tonight’s grab, this one taken through a 20mm eyepiece at 70x magnification. Same setup as before. Jupiter, Uranus, plus an unknown star in field (perhaps it’s one of the two dimmer stars mentioned in the post above?).

 

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Posted 19 April 2024 - 11:51 PM

View in Tucson in fading light, tonight's Moon placed in image for separation scale.

 

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Posted 20 April 2024 - 08:37 AM

Here’s tonight’s grab, this one taken through a 20mm eyepiece at 70x magnification. Same setup as before. Jupiter, Uranus, plus an unknown star in field (perhaps it’s one of the two dimmer stars mentioned in the post above?).

 

Ron

7.4 magnitude star in Ares:

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Posted 20 April 2024 - 09:06 AM

Cpk133, thanks for the solving the riddle! May I ask what app/program you used that provides that level of detail?

If tonight’s sky remains clear, I’ll try for a final capture with my (Questar) Seven.

Thanks again…

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Posted 20 April 2024 - 10:51 AM

Cpk133, thanks for the solving the riddle! May I ask what app/program you used that provides that level of detail?

If tonight’s sky remains clear, I’ll try for a final capture with my (Questar) Seven.

Thanks again…

Ron

I used sky safari, but any planetarium app should do the same.  I havent tried the mobile version yet but stellarium should be good (pc version is good).  Lastly, theres a free version of sky safari called sky portal branded by celestron.  Im using ios / ipad.  Android versions are probably available.



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Posted 20 April 2024 - 11:19 AM

Cpk133, noted and thanks. I have a few apps, but none of them seem to provide the level of detail that you have with yours, so I will check it/them out.

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Posted 20 April 2024 - 11:06 PM

Here’s my final… Jupiter, Uranus, unknown star, and a jet passing through the field as the image was captured.

 

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Posted 21 April 2024 - 10:31 AM

I was clouded out but the forecast is good tonight so I’ll get another chance albeit a little further apart than yesterday.



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Posted 22 April 2024 - 12:18 AM

Last one… just for yucks…

 

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Posted 22 April 2024 - 03:21 PM

Thanks for the pics.  Excellent conditions here last night but struggled to catch before i was blocked out by trees.  If nothing changes, I’ll have a better horizon (sure hope i’m retired someplace warmer) the next one will be a morning target tues sept 8th 2037 at about 6am, see you all next time.


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