Category Archives: Astronomical Events

Morning Glory – August 3, 2017

I woke up this morning and peeked out my backdoor to see this sight greeting me! The clouds were moving fast to the east and I sure wanted to keep them in the image. The brightest object in the lower left is the planet Venus. Going clockwise from Venus is the star Alnath, Capella, Algol, the Pleiades Cluster and then Aldebaran and the Hyades Cluster.

Tech Specs: Canon 6D, Canon EF17-40mm f/4L USM lens, tripod mounted, 10 seconds at ISO 3200, f/4 and 40mm. Diffraction spikes added in post processing. Location: Weatherly, Pennsylvania. Date/Time: August 3, 2017 at 08:50 UTC.

…Tom

Moon, Mercury and Regulus Conjunction Tonight

See if you will be able to spot the young crescent moon in conjunction with the planet Mercury and the star Regulus tonight, July 25, 2017, right after sunset. See if you can capture the Earthshine off the dark area of the moon. 

I look forward to seeing your images!

…Tom

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

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