Sunday, December 4, 2016

Moon , Venus , Mars , contrails

Planes flying high receive sunlight when the world bellow is already in darkness.
We see this in the color of the contrails in the dusk of  18 November 2016.

At South West the planet Venus was shining very bright.


Another example of contrail illuminated by the Sun in the dusk on 22 November.

On first of December the sky was cloudy , bad for Astronomy ,good for Atmospheric Optics phaenomena !

The Sun was set and illuminated the bottom of the clouds and only their Western boarder.
It is a strange light that  , cast from downside to upside.

From a distance , like a gray spray  hanging bellow the clouds , it was visible some sort of  rainfall.

Above the Mures River there were two layers of clouds.
The upper cloud layer it was bright white.
It was maybe lit by the Moon ?


Unfortunately , I wasn't able to take pics of the Moon and Venus but just of Venus.

Much further and up on the Southern sky it was shining  the ruddy Mars.

I came back on the 3rd of December when I took pics of the Moon located at about seven degrees to the North of Venus.
The clouds allowed first to take pics of only Venus.

Latter of only the Moon with the ashenlight visible.

At the end ,of both...

Next day , Sunday , on 4 of December I was chassing the trio of Venus , Moon and Mars.


Monday, November 21, 2016

Super Duper Moon and other observations of November 2016

On the night of November 13 I was trying to take pics of the Super Moon rising.
I used my Nikon Coolpix S3300 camera on Velbon photo tripod.
While the Moon was low it was obstructed by distant trees.

Unfortunately ,when the Super Moon get higher , the sky was covered by cirrus clouds.
At least this provided  the show stage for a Moon Corona .

Two days earlier ,on November 10 I was observing the Moon to become better acquinted with her craters and mountains.
I used my ''Teleskop Service'' Maksutov Cassegrain 100 mm F/14 telescope.
Pics taken in afocal mode at 56x / Sirius Plossl 25mm.

Using the Coolpix S3300 camera at 16.5 mm focus and f/ 4.6 or 3.6mm aperture ,I got this picture of ''whole'' Orion constellation.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Moon ,Venus and Saturn on the evening sky of November 3rd

Moon ,Venus and Saturn on the evening sky of November 3rd

On the evening of November 3rd the Moon and the planets Venus and Saturn were gathering on the South-Western sky , at low altitude above the horizon.
When I started observations ,the Moon was at an altitude of 18 degrees , Venus at 12 degrees and Saturn at 13 degrees....about.

I made the observations with the naked eyes , a Hapo Lord 3.6 x 40mm Opera Glass and I took pictures with my Nikon Coolpix S 3300 camera set on the modified  Velbon tripod.
The spot used for the observations is located on the banks of Mures River which is starring sometimes in my pics.

First , only the Moon was visible.
As the Sun was sinking bellow the horizon , Venus become visible , first in binocular ,latter with naked eyes.
As the twilight was progressing toward a  darker sky , also Saturn emerged from the interplanetary abyss.

Moon and Venus

Then Saturn is also joining the party.


Somewhat  ''closer '' look to the planetary encounter.

The ashenlight on the night part of the Moon was slightly visible with the naked eyes but reasonably visible in the 3.6x galilean binocular.
The color of the ashenlight was blueish-gray.