Here are the images of Saturn and its moons from 28-29/06 using the 8″SCT They aren’t that much better than the ones through the double glazing that I posted the other day, indicating that it is the seeing and the planet’s low elevation that is the controlling factor.
Just compare it with the last image that I took with the same scope and the Toucam in 2007 when Saturn was much higher!
I think I may have seen noctilicent clouds on my way home from working at Robert Peel Hospital tonight. As I was driving towards Whittington, I saw this display of almost fluorescent blue shown on the photo below. Is this noctilucent clouds? Let me know what you think. Photo taken at 23:45 British Summer Time. Roughly 52 degrees North latitude. UK.
Click on the IMG_8691 link below to see a timelapse video I took in Mauritius recently. You can see the earth shadow creeping up the sky. The sky below the line actually went a beautiful deep blue, which doesn’t really come across in the video
Towards the end of the video, the sun obviously went behind an obstruction and you can see a big shadow being cast on the sky at the top left hand corner of the screen. It was amazing in real life
The video is in .MOV (Quicktime). If you can’t view it and want it in a different format, let me know
I was setting up my (recently repaired and returned) ZWO 174 camera a couple of days ago and I thought I’d have a play at some lunar pictures. Here’s what came out:-
SW 102 + Celestron Neximage clone camera. NIce nearly-full moon
After this I switched over to the 8SE scope + ZWO174 camera and had a look at the crated towards the Southwest edge as they were so prominent. I got a nice one of Phocylides and the surrounding area
Whilst waiting to see if noctilucent clouds appeared I captured this photo of the Belt of Venus.
The Belt of Venus, Venus’s Girdle, or antitwilight arch is an atmospheric phenomenon visible shortly before sunrise or after sunset, during civil twilight, when a pinkish glow extending roughly 10–20° above the horizon surrounds the observer. The planet Venus, when visible, is typically located in the Belt of Venus.
In the photo below from Lichfield tonight, the pink of the Belt of Venus can be seen across the tops of the trees. Venus itself can be seen peaking above the trees on the left.
After the moderate success of the window-sill images of Mars and Saturn the other day, I was intrigued to find out if I could see the Great Red Spot on Jupiter with the same set-up. It was predicted to be on the meridian an about 10 o’clock – still light at that time, of course.
Here is the result, and yes, you can see it!
After Damian viewed noctilicent clouds the previous evening in Streethay (see his post), he and I went out tonight to try and see them together. No luck but we did see the Moon! Following photos from handheld Samsumg S7 phone.
Got back from a RAG trustees meeting and Saturn was visible from the window-sill, as was Mars a couple of hours later. While in no way are these images the last word in planetary imaging (!),:
They WERE obtained with a lowly 80mm Startravel 80!
They WERE from indoors on the window-sill!
They WERE through the double glazing!
You can just make out the Cassini division in Saturn’s rings, and bands on the surface.
You can just make out the Martian polar caps and the planets gibbous phase. Mars currently has dust-storms obscuring its surface features.