Sunday, April 16, 2017

Observatii Ianuarie-Martie 2017 /Observations January-March 2017

Observatii Ianuarie -Martie 2017

Conjunction of Mars and Neptune as seen on January 2 through my 125mm F/7 Newtonian at 173x/Vixen 5mm orthoscopic ocular.

Neptun and Mars / 2 January 2017

Conjunction of Moon and Aldebaran on 9 January 2017

A somewhat closer look at the Moon-Aldebaran conjunction of 9 January 2017

Visual observation of the Moon-Aldebaran conjunction on 9 January through my 45mmx300mm ''beer bottle'' refractor at 12x / 25mm Sirius Plossl.

Moon-Aldebaran Conjunction on 9 january 2017

The main stars of Orion as recorded by the Nikon Coolpix S3300 camera on 9 of January.


Labeled picture of the main stars of Orion.
Beta Eridani is also visible.
Main stars of Orion

The Pleiades seen by Coolpix S3300 , January 9.
Only six stars.
Poor limiting magnitude , my best naked eyes observation counts more stars than this picture.

Messier 45 in the Coolpix S3300 camera

Venus ,bottom right corner and Mars ,middle top

Venus and Mars above background trees on 9 of January.

Gamma Leporis ,Sigma 747 ,Sigma Ori and Sigma 761 observed with the 45mm refractor stopped down to an aperture of 25mm.
The aim was to reenact some early double star observations.
The refractor was operating in the straight-through mode at 13x with a DIY -23mm Galilean ocular.

Gamma Leporis 

Sigma 747 in Orion 

Sigma Ori and Sigma 761 Ori

 On 18 January I start to juggle with filters.
Here we see the observations of the Merope Nebula known also as Tempels Nebula or NGC 1435.
And of the Messier1 and of Venus.
I was  using my 125mm F/7 Dobsonian and an Optolong UHC filter on Mesier1 and NGC 1435.
At Venus I used a Green #56 color filter.
Filters are not doing miracles but are useful accesories.

NGC 1435

Messier 1 


Sunday, March 12, 2017

Moon , Mars and Venus at start of 2017


On January 2 the Moon ,Mars and Venus were visible at South-West in the evening hours.

   The Moon was that night three days old.

Of course ,the jets were doing their job leaving criss-crossing contrails  all over the sky.

Venus is seen at right ,the Moon with ashen light in the middle
 and ruddy Mars at left.

Only the Moon and Venus.

All pics taken with the Nikon Coolpix S3300 compact camera 
set on a Velbon tripod.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Some more observations of December 2016/Alte observatii din Decembrie 2016

All visual observations were made with naked eyes and the Fujinon Mariner 7x50mm WPC-XL binocular.

All pictures were taken  with Nikon  Coolpix S3300 compact camera mounted on modified Velbon tripod.
The observations were suggested by  the weekly articles  ''This Week's Sky at a Glance'' of "Sky&Telescope'' :

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The Moon , Mars and Venus on 5  December 2016.

A Moon Corona on December 8.



Another Moon Corona on December 11.


Planet Venus in the  constellation of Capricornus on December 27.

 Comet 45-P was not visible from my location  on the last day of  December 2016 , just many clouds and  the two days Moon with ashen light.

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.