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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

Saturn, Mars and Antares – August 22, 2016

Here is an image I captured last night showing (from top to bottom) Saturn, Mars and Antares. Do you see the fuzzy ball to the lower right of Antares? That is a globular cluster known as the Cat’s Eye or Messier 4.

Saturn, Mars and Antares.

Saturn, Mars and Antares.

Tech Specs: Canon T4i, Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM lens, iOptron SkyTracker, ISO 800, 30 seconds, f/2.8, 73mm.

Clear skies!

…Tom

Saturn, Mars and Antares on August 7, 2016

Here is another view of Saturn, Mars and Antares from August 7, 2016 from Weatherly, Pennsylvania. I probably snapped about 40-50 mixed images using different trees for borders. Mars is the brightest object on the right, Antares to the left of Mars and Saturn at the top of the image.

Planetary view from August 7, 2016.

Planetary view from August 7, 2016.

Tech Specs: Canon 6D, Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM lens, star filter added the diffraction spikes.

Clear skies!

…Tom

Saturn, Mars and Antares in the Evening Sky

I snapped this view of Saturn, Mars and Antares last evening, August 7, 2016 from Weatherly, Pennsylvania. Sometimes the clouds add a unique view of the sky, last evening was one of those nights. Mars is the brightest object, Antares to the left of Mars and Saturn above Antares.

Tech Specs: Canon 6D, Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM lens, star filter added the diffraction spikes.

Saturn, Mars and Antares in the Evening Sky

Saturn, Mars and Antares in the Evening Sky

Clear skies!

…Tom

A View of the Planet Mars on July 19, 2016

I wheeled out the telescope on July 19, 2016 to grab some videos of the planet Mars – I’m still learning the processing technique of planetary imaging.  This image of Mars is the best 20% of 5,000 video stills (I used both RegiStax and AutoStakkert), not great, but you can make out some surface details. Starry Night Pro lists Mars as currently 89% illuminated.

Mars on July 19, 2016

Mars on July 19, 2016

Tech Specs: Canon 6D, Antares Focal Reducer, Televue 5x Powermate, Meade 12” LX90 telescope all mounted on a Celestron CGEM-DX mount.

Mars and the Earth are now moving farther apart – you can learn more about this at EarthSky.org.

Clear skies!

…Tom

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