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Morning “Star” Venus Shining in the East

Here is a view of the morning “star” Venus shining bright in the predawn skies over Hickory Run State Park in Pennsylvania. Venus will remain in the eastern skies from now until November of this year.  

Tech Specs: Canon 6D, Canon EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM lens, tripod, ISO 3200, 1/3 second exposure, f/5.6, 200mm, Tiffen star filter. Photo taken on April 11, 2017.

…Tom

The Changing Face of Venus

Here is a collection of Venus images from December 2016 to February 2017 showing how the size and phase of Venus has changed as it starts to move between the Earth and the Sun. Eventually, Venus will pass between the Earth and Sun and emerge into the morning sky once again.

TheSkyLive.com has a nice animated solar system map that you can view online (https://theskylive.com/).

Imaging Tech Specs: Meade LX90 12” Telescope, ZWO ASI290MC camera at prime focus, each image was composed of the best 2,000 frames of 10,000 frames sampled. Taken from Weatherly, Pennsylvania. Software included Sharpcap v2.9, AutoStakkert! Alpha Version 2.3.0.21, Registax, and Adobe Lightroom.

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…Tom

Venus Casting a Reflection on Ice

Here is a view I captured last evening, February 14, 2017, showing a nice bright reflection of Venus on the ice covered snow in my backyard in Weatherly, Pennsylvania.

Tech Specs: Canon 6D with a Canon EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM lens tripod mounted. Single 3.2 second exposure, ISO 3200, 70mm, f/2.8, Tiffen star filter.

…Tom

The Planet Venus on January 25, 2017

Here is a view of the planet Venus taken on January 25, 2017, now at 43% full and it will be progressively getting narrower and larger over the next few weeks.

Tech Specs: Meade LX90 12” Telescope, ZWO ASI290MC camera at prime focus, best 2,000 frames of 10,000 frames sampled. Taken from Weatherly, Pennsylvania. Software included SharpCap 2.9, Registax, and Adobe Lightroom.

…Tom

A View of Venus at 57% Full on January 1, 2017

Here is a view of the planet Venus taken on January 1, 2017, now at 57% full and it will be progressively getting narrower over the next few weeks.

Tech Specs: Meade LX90 12” Telescope, ZWO ASI290MC camera at prime focus, best 1000 frames of 5000 frames sampled. Taken from Weatherly, Pennsylvania. Software included SharpCap 2.9, Registax, and Adobe Lightroom.

Below are the captured setting from the ASI290MC:

[ZWO ASI290MC]
Pan=456
Tilt=164
Output Format=AVI files (*.avi)
Binning=1
Capture Area=1024×768
Colour Space=MONO8
Temperature=14.8
High Speed Mode=Off
Turbo USB=100(Auto)
Flip=None
Frame Rate Limit=Maximum
Gain=85
Exposure=0.00058
Timestamp Frames=Off
White Bal (B)=63(Auto)
White Bal (R)=47(Auto)
Brightness=49
Gamma=63
Auto Exp Max Gain=300
Auto Exp Max Exp=30
Auto Exp Max Brightness=128
Mono Bin=Off
Subtract Dark=None
Display Brightness=1
Display Contrast=1
Display Gamma=1

…Tom

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