Log - 2nd January 2017

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Log - 2nd January 2017

Postby Aratus » Wed Jan 04, 2017 12:09 am

On 2nd January it was a mostly clear night, although not the best clarity. I observed on and off from 4pm to gone midnight. Here are a few of the objects I observed.
The crescent moon was in conjunction with Venus and Mars. The Earthlit side of the moon was particularly prominent, and I thought I would expose for that - for a change.
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I took a photo of Theta Tauri - the naked eye double star near Aldebaren. I've always supposed these 2 to be identical white stars but the image shows they are of different colours. I'll have to look more carefully next time I look through the telescope.
Image

Sirius is the brightest star in the sky, but very low down. In this photo of Sirius, its brightness does strange things to the optics - including the 'blue mountain' at the bottom right! Not a very useful photo but very pretty.
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The asteroid, Vesta is quite near to the Beehive cluster in Cancer. It is easy to find in binoculars or a telescope as it is not near to any other stars brighter or equal to itself. If I can I'll take another picture on 3rd January and putting them together will show its movement.
(EDIT: Now on the next post)
It was a fun evening - albeit a bit cold.!
Last edited by Aratus on Thu Jan 05, 2017 4:34 pm, edited 2 times in total.
I use an 11" Celestron SCT (CPC 1100) on an equatorial wedge, with an 80mm refractor as a guidescope. They are housed in a 2.2m Pulsar observatory. I use a ZWO ASI1600MC for imaging.
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Re: Log - 2nd January 2017

Postby Aratus » Wed Jan 04, 2017 1:13 am

It was cloudy all day on the 3rd but the sky cleared this evening at 2300 for about 40 minutes! Enough time to take another photo of Vesta. I've put them side by side to show the movement after 24 hours.
Sometimes the weather does cooperate! :D

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I use an 11" Celestron SCT (CPC 1100) on an equatorial wedge, with an 80mm refractor as a guidescope. They are housed in a 2.2m Pulsar observatory. I use a ZWO ASI1600MC for imaging.
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Re: Log - 2nd January 2017

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