Category Archives: Astronomical Events

The Moon and Venus from Weatherly, Pennsylvania

Here is a view of the crescent moon sporting a nice Earthshine and the planet Venus. Photo taken from Weatherly, Pennsylvania on October 3, 2016.

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Tech Specs: Canon 6D, tripod mounted, Canon EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM lens, ISO 400, 1/5 second, f/2.8, 200mm.

Clear skies!

…Tom

Mars Approaching the Teapot in Sagittarius

Mars is fast approaching the teapot of Sagittarius over the next several days. This is a view from the evening of September 25, 2016 from Weatherly, Pennsylvania with a light hazy cloud cover adding to the wide-field view.

Mars and the Teapot

Mars and the Teapot

Tech Specs: Canon 6D, Canon EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM lens, ISO 3200, 8 seconds, f/2.8, 73mm, tripod mounted, and a star filter.

Clear skies!

…Tom

Venus and Jupiter Close Conjunction on August 27, 2016

How is this for a close planetary conjunction? Check out the view after sunset on August 27, 2016 (from Northern Latitudes) and see Venus and Jupiter get within five arc minutes of each other. Probably too low on the horizon to get my telescope on it, but I’ll be making the attempt using a 400mm lens and x2 extender. I hope to see your photos online!

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Mark your calendar now!

…Tom

Moon and Mercury Conjunction on August 4, 2016

Here is a quick shot of this evening’s conjunction of the Moon and the planet Mercury. Mercury finally came through the low clouds as it was setting in the west as seen from Weatherly, Pennsylvania.

Tech Specs: Canon 6D, Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM lens with x2 converter, tripod mounted, ISO 250, ½ second, f/5.6 and 400mm.

Moon-Mercury Conjunction

Moon-Mercury Conjunction

Clear skies!

…Tom

Supernova 2016cok in Galaxy Messier 66 (Constellation Leo)

I managed to collect 5-minutes of data on Supernova 2016cok in galaxy Messier 66 (in the constellation Leo) last evening, June 1, 2016 before the clouds rolled in.  I place the magnitude at approximately 16.4 simply based on comparison to other stars in the field of view.  The 5-minute stacked image was using 15-second subs at ISO 5000. Equipment included a Canon 6D, Antares Focal Reducer and Meade 12” LX90 telescope. Messier 66 (M66) is a spiral galaxy about 36 million light-years away.

Supernova 2016cok

Supernova 2016cok

Clear skies!

…Tom

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