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PostPosted: Sat Nov 29, 2008 12:46 pm 
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I saw this link on Dyxum:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/space/20081128/ ... dayevening

The short version: crescent moon, Jupiter and Venus should be close together in the sky.

Checking out the details with some software, for a London observer, Venus will disappear behind the moon for a while. Not exact timings, but it looks like this will start around 15:45 where Venus will "disappear" into the dark region of the moon. Venus will come out again some time after 17:15 on the bright side. (GMT)

Jupiter will remain above these two during this time.

A quick look on the 5 day weather forecast indicates "sunny intervals" so we can only hope for clear skies at the time.

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I've already spied this opportunity in my weekly Sky and Telescope bulletins, I'm just hoping the weather holds out as it should present a great photo opportunity.

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It's cloudy where I am and I'm not optimistic on a lucky break. If you have more luck, you might want to start looking soon.

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Mostly cloudy, but I did have one short break. It was after Venus went behind the moon so that will have to wait until later for another chance.

Moon and Jupiter:

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400mm f/5.6 1/320s ISO1600 badly handheld

Moon closeup:

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1325mm f/13 1/13s ISO400 tripod

I'll see if I have more luck later. Will maybe post bigger versions if I can PP the detail back out of them.

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Nice captures, unfortunately I had to work late so missed it tonight :-(

Maybe tomorrow is they haven't moved too much.

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Didn't get another chance after the one earlier.

They're still going to be somewhat close together in the sky, but not as close as today. The Venus passing thing isn't going to be visible from UK for many decades. I think the weather is expected to suck tomorrow :(

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 03, 2008 5:23 am 
Hi I was waiting for December 01, 2008 for this event to occur.

On December 01, 2008 the Moon Venus and Jupiter were just separated by 2 degrees, took this chance to take a pic... Exposure was for 13 sec. using
Canon 400D Kit Lens on a Tripod... No tracking. Stacked 34 images and processed in Registrax.

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I am not yet perfect in Post processing stuff... so here is the image that I could get after processing in Registrax... this is a cropped image.


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A million reasons why this is rubbish but I'm too embarrassed to list them:

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 04, 2008 5:33 am 
cybermystic, both moon and Jupiter(if am not wrong) in your pic are much better than in my pics!.. those are not rubbish they are cool...


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Thank you Phani, glad you like it :D
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 04, 2008 9:33 pm 
I also tried this and came out with similar results as cybermystic though mine were either over exposed moon or under exposed stars. what lens did you shoot with cybermystic?


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That was a 100-400mm zoom with a x1.4 teleconverter.
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