Category Archives: Planets

Venus, Moon, Hyades and Pleiades in the Morning

Here is another view of the morning conjunction of Venus and the crescent moon from July 20, 2017, this view includes a wider angle shot showing the Hyades and Pleiades clusters in the constellation Taurus.

Tech Specs: Canon 6D, Canon EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM lens, tripod mounted, 8 seconds, 70mm, ISO 3200. Location: Weatherly, Pennsylvania. Date: July 20, 2017.

…Tom

Venus and Moon Morning Conjunction – July 20, 2017

This morning has a special visual treat, a conjunction of the planet Venus, a thin crescent moon and the star Aldebaran (upper right corner).  This scene was captured at 4:00 am local time, light eastern clouds added to the scene. Look farther above this celestial event for the Seven Sisters, the Pleiades Cluster, looking down above them.

Tech Specs: Canon 6D, Canon EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM lens, tripod mounted, 3.2 seconds, 200mm, ISO 3200. Location: Weatherly, Pennsylvania. Date: July 20, 2017.

…Tom

Morning Crescent Moon and the Planet Venus

Here is a view of this morning’s crescent moon and the planet Venus through light fog. Watch tomorrow morning for the close conjunction of these two objects in the early morning sky.

Tech Specs: Canon 6D, Canon EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM lens, tripod mounted, ⅓ second, 70mm, ISO 3200. Location: Weatherly, Pennsylvania. Date: July 19, 2017.

…Tom

Jupiter with Io and Europa – May 20, 2017

This is from another video I captured on May 20, 2017 showing Jupiter and two moon, Io and Europa. The original video capture was 10,000 frames over 3-minutes. I only processed the first 1-minute of the video stream (about 3,500 frames) for this image. Three minutes is simply too long unless you derotate the video images (from Jupiter rotating during the capture).

The next step is to refine the capture process to maximize the frames per second (fps) for a 1-minute video.

Tech Specs: Meade 12” LX-90 telescope, ASI290MC camera, Celestron CGEM-DX mount. Software included: FireCapture v2.5.10 x64, AutoStakkert! V3.0.14 (x64), Registax v6 and Adobe Lightroom. Date: May 20, 2017.  Location: Weatherly, Pennsylvania.

…Tom

Jupiter – May 20, 2017

Here is a view of Jupiter from last evening, May 20, 2017 seeing was better than I thought although there were some high thin clouds. This is a compiled image of 10,000 collected images. You can see “Red Spot Jr.” in the lower right section of Jupiter.

Tech Specs: Meade 12” LX-90 telescope, ASI290MC camera, Celestron CGEM-DX mount. Software included: FireCapture v2.5.10 x64, AutoStakkert! V3.0.14 (x64), Registax v6 and Adobe Lightroom. Date: May 20, 2017.  Location: Weatherly, Pennsylvania.

…Tom

FireCapture v2.5 Settings
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Observer=Tom Wildoner
Scope=Meade 12″ LX90
Camera=ZWO ASI290MC
Filter=RGB
Profile=Jupiter
Diameter=41.82″
Magnitude=-2.31
CMI=71.0° CMII=200.2° CMIII=330.8° (during mid of capture)
FocalLength=2750mm
Resolution=0.22″
Filename=Jup_213222.avi
Date=200517
Start=213051.306
Mid=213222.564
End=213353.823
Start(UT)=013051.306
Mid(UT)=013222.564
End(UT)=013353.823
Duration=182.517s
Date_format=ddMMyy
Time_format=HHmmss
LT=UT -5h
Frames captured=10000
File type=AVI
Extended AVI mode=true
Compressed AVI=false
Binning=no
ROI=800×600
ROI(Offset)=568×304
FPS (avg.)=54
Shutter=18.25ms
Gain=123 (20%)
Brightness=172
USBTraffic=100
WRed=55
AutoHisto=75
HighSpeed=off
WBlue=90
Gamma=9
SoftwareGain=10 (off)
AutoExposure=off
Histogramm(min)=0
Histogramm(max)=186
Histogramm=72%
Noise(avg.deviation)=n/a
Limit=10000 Frames
Sensor temperature=20.4 °C

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