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Title: Just for a change.......
Post by: John9929 on December 01, 2010, 04:42:46 pm
......some astronomy! These images were taken this morning at around 06.45 of the nice conjunction between the Moon Venus and Saturn. The hard part wasn't taking the images but leaving a nice warm bed to do so, but I'll maybe try for round two tomorrow morning as well.
(http://i56.tinypic.com/2qnnzm1.jpg)

(http://i53.tinypic.com/hsudt3.jpg)


Title: Re: Just for a change.......
Post by: rjgjr on December 01, 2010, 04:50:59 pm
Thanks John, for all the snow and ice on your side of the world, and all our rain, I'd forgotten all about this stuff, lol. Beautiful scene!!


Title: Re: Just for a change.......
Post by: markt on December 01, 2010, 05:08:52 pm
Excellent shot John!!! :)


Title: Re: Just for a change.......
Post by: Anton on December 01, 2010, 05:10:59 pm
John thatís great dedication leaving the bed to go and freeze. Iíve been a lightweight this week I spent most of the day time in the cold so dragging the scope outside at night with temps as low as -7.6 I opted to stay indoors with a glass of Malt, great image love it.

Thanks

Anthony


Title: Re: Just for a change.......
Post by: martinastro on December 01, 2010, 08:10:28 pm
You were reading my mind John because I too was wondering when the next astronomy image was going to appear on the forum  :). This one with the Moon conjunction is a beauty and well worth getting up for.  Even the pre-dawn sky makes me feel cold just looking at the image.

Having said all this, even when admiring the stars it's dififcult not to notice the weather these nights. Last night was truly freezing with an horrendous wind chill under the stars, I almost felt ill being out in it. I did see some lightning though. There have been a serious amount of stunning fireballs seen lately (tonight too) but I've yet to see one myself despite the all time I've spent out at night.

Round 2 on Thurs morning sounds like a good plan John  :)


Title: Re: Just for a change.......
Post by: John9929 on December 02, 2010, 05:17:26 pm
Thanks all! I don't read minds Martin!

Got another few shots of the conjunction this morning (Dec 2) and it was beautiful, but it was darn cold out. I had three layers on and still felt cold! I had a stroke of luck though, I was just setting up and across came the ISS, I didn't know as I didn't check Heavens Above. I got two images but the second was partly behind cloud. In this one the little cloud close to the moon displayed a partial corona. Use the annotated image above to find you way around.
(http://i52.tinypic.com/vf4g3.jpg)

(http://i52.tinypic.com/1499zrq.jpg)

(http://i53.tinypic.com/30wnwwi.jpg)



Title: Re: Just for a change.......
Post by: Keith g on December 02, 2010, 09:17:36 pm
Lovely shots there John, I too was out this morning at 7am and too saw the ISS

At -10C man it was cold  :o

Keith..


Title: Re: Just for a change.......
Post by: John9929 on December 03, 2010, 12:26:52 am
Thanks very much Keith, you got a lovely image yourself. The cold was amazing, I couldn't find my mittens and at times I could hardly feel the press release cable. It wasn't really wise to stay out longer than needed! However it was worth it just to see that view, nature at it's best!


Title: Re: Just for a change.......
Post by: rjgjr on December 03, 2010, 01:34:48 am
Beautiful shots John!


Title: Re: Just for a change.......
Post by: John9929 on December 03, 2010, 02:31:04 pm
Thanks Richard!


Title: Re: Just for a change.......
Post by: jjb on December 03, 2010, 10:20:47 pm
Well done John here's one i got it was cold out.

(http://i55.tinypic.com/70ghgp.jpg)