Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Moon Venus conjunction

What a marvelous moon Venus conjunction! The early bird gets the best photos. The moon rose at 3:30 and Venus just 7 minutes after it. I got up at 4:40am to see this marvelous view from my roof. I am using a Canon HS50 for this photos. It is a simple camera and very affordable with a huge x50 zoom which looks like a telescope. No telescope is required.
Since the moon moves quite fast, Venus is already in the same height as the moon, and in few hours Venus will be above the moon.
It will be possible to see both during he daylight hours as well, check the article about how to see Venus in daylight. Also notice the gibbous shape of Venus which has phases just like the moon.

Moon and Venus conjunction
Moon and Venus conjunction
About one hour later, already dawn the moon is even nearer. See the difference in this photo
Moon and Venus conjunction
Moon and Venus conjunction

And another one shortly after with much more daylight
Moon and Venus conjunction
Moon and Venus conjunction


Also in the early hours sky are Mars in Virgo and Saturn in Libra. We are at the end of the Winter and the entire Summer Triangle of Vega, Deneb and Al-tair is already up

The summer Triangle. Vega (up) Deneb (Left) and Altair (Right)
The summer Triangle. Vega (up) Deneb (Left) and Altair (Right)
And a scene photo in wide area with all the morning clouds. The tiny dot just above the moon is not dust, it is Venus!
Moon and Venus conjunction
Moon and Venus conjunction

Great naked eye observations!


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    1. Nice work, Gadi! These are beautiful. Can you post information about the camera system used? I teach Astronomy and astrophotography at a small observatory in northeastern USA (about half way from Boston to Montreal), but very few people have access to large telescopes and precise equatorial mounts. I think many people would like to photograph the phases of the Moon with equipment like yours, if they knew how to do it. Keep up the great work!

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    2. Hi Brad and thanks. I've added information about the camera. I am preparing some articles about simple astronomy photography with regular equipment without telescope. The first examples are here and later I will give more tips and techniques for every kind of photo. http://www.thevenustransit.com/2014/02/astro-photos-are-easy.html

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