Now 2 days old the moon at 11% illumination presented it self in the evening sky at an elevation of approx. 12 degrees at 21:30, easily visible, unlike yesterday when I could only pick it out using binoculars.
Its companion this evening was Venus, easily visible unlike mercury of the previous evening. Didn’t have to travel any further than front lawn for these shots.
Here are my images of Saturn for the last 3 years. The ring tilt was at its maximum in 2017 and is now beginning to close up again. You can just about make this out from the images. Saturn was, and still is pretty low in the sky during this period.
Damian took these photos using his iPhone when we went out for a walk
I took this photo using Damian’s iPhone.
Here are some images from last night.
Having been seriously impressed with Neil’s planetary images, i have an ADC on order!
Meanwhile, I had another go at Saturn last night. Had it not been for Neil’s images, I would have been quite pleased with this one! Best I’ve managed this apparition!
I then did a composite exposure of the visible moons.
While waiting for Mars to rise to an appropriate position, I vistited these 2 planetary nebulae, NGC 6818 in Sagittarius and NGC 6781 in Aquila.
Eventually, Mars became visible,and I tried this image, bearing in mind Mars’s altitude was only about 11 degrees. As I’m sure you know, Mars is currently covered by a dust-storm, hence the lack of visible surface detail.
There did seem some vague hint of detail so here is the image with an extreme contrast stretch, followed by a screenshot of Mars from “Stellarium” for comparison. (Stellarium shows an accurate depiction of the surface facing us – a useful resource)
Can’t wait for the ADC to arrive!
The day old moon was setting on the 14th July with mercury in close attendance, well I went to my usual spot for these events, set up Canon 450D on tripod with cable shutter release and 150-500mm Sigma zoom lens. Sunset well into the NW around 21:30 then patiently scanned horizon in W to WNW direction with 7×50 binoculars for sign of moon which was going to be a thin crescent of approx 3.4%. The more worrying feature was a low cloud bank across the horizon ( see Andys previous post to this) which made for a glorious sunset but was going to cause problems trying to view Mercury and in fact as mercury was about 1-2 degrees to left of moon and about 2 degrees below it never punched through the murk. First image of moon was at 21:46 and last at 22:06 as it slipped into the cloud bank.
1.F6.3,ISO1600, 1/500″, 500mm
2. F5.6, ISO1600, 1/1250″,289mm
3. F6.3,ISO 1600, 1/400″, 500mm
4. F6.3, ISO1600, 1/30″, 150mm
AR 2713 is ideally placed on the Solar meridian, and has lots of detail if anyone fancies trying some H-alpha processing.
It is unusual in that you can see virtually nothing in white light. I wonder if you can see anything in any of the Calcium bands?
I was lucky enough to get a long sequence of Io leaving Jupiter’s disc and the red spot moving onto the face of the planet.
I captured two videos at full frame to include all four moons: Europa, Io, Callisto and Ganymede:
Lots of detail around the facula. There isn’t a decent GONG image to compare. They are all clouded out or someone has kicked the camera!