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Conjunction of the Moon and Venus

I’m a simple guy, with some rules in life. Equalizate wine and beer. Don’t be a douchebag. Go sleep late. Don’t wake up sooner than the needed. Don’t miss any astronomical ephemerid, specially a conjunction of the Moon and Venus.

On June 19 I woke up at 5h30am just to shoot the conjunction of the Moon and Venus, in a clear conflict between my precious rules. My intention was to shot this ephemerid with my Long Perng S400M-C 66mm f/6 refractor , but the moon was to low in the sky to be reached by my iOptron CEM25P equatorial mount. My setup kept resting. Then I decided to give a try to my Nikon Nikkor 135mm f2.8 Ai.

How lucky am I? A lot. There was some beautiful clouds near the moon, which gave to the picture a fine touch of colors.

Here it is:

Conjunction of the Moon and Venus on June 19
Conjunction of the Moon and Venus on June 19

Setup:

Exif:

  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure: 1s
  • F-stop: 4

The Conjunction of the Moon and Venus was a beautiful event. The moon was a little more than 2 degrees from Venus, and just to the right was the Taurus constellation.

To give a final touch of beautifulness, the earthshine on the moon was awesome, and I managed to shot it right.

I hope you liked it!

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C/2020 F8 SWAN

C/2020 F8 SWAN is a comet discovered on images of the SWAN camera, aboard of the SOHO spacecraft. Although it was imaged for the first time by the SWAN camera, was Michael Matiazzo, in Australia who first noticed it.

This little guy started to gain brightness very fast, and as soon I knew about his existence, I mounted my telescope and pointed to him.

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Super Moon Mosaic on May 2020

It toke more than 10 years of astrophotography so that I finally make a moon mosaic!

After a month with a lot of good nights for deep sky astrophotography (Which I’ll post here soon), the full moon came and made it unfeasible.

But my will for astrophotography stayed. What can I do?

Well, do a moon mosaic, of course!

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Moon and Saturn conjunction on November 29

Moon and Saturn went on a beautiful conjunction on November 29, 2019. And I was able to register, because…

It’s Friday, Friday… gotta get down on Friday!

Ups, sorry! Got carried away.

Well, my first successful high dynamic range of the moon.

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Out of season lucky imaging

Yes, both Saturn and Jupiter are far away from a good position to astrophotography right now.

Although, as I said before, the weather here is so bad lately that I need to enjoy every breath of clear sky. And so I did.

Last friday night (You can thank me later for the quote, Katy Perry), October 11, 2019, the sky didn’t have any clouds at all, and I FINALLY could put my setup to work.

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Moon between clouds with QHY5L-ii Color

Well, I’m desperate. Simple as that.

I’m taking every brief of open sky to try the “new” setup, and geting every time more frustrated with the weather.

Last wednesday I saw the moon between a lot of clouds, and I thought: Why not to try?

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Late Saturn on a budget

Saturn have reached his peak this year (2019) on the firsts days of July, and now is getting dimmer every night. I’m shooting it too late, but not by my fault! 🤣

Well, finally my CEM25P has arrived. To surprise a total of 0 folks, since then I’m getting just rain, clouds, more rain, high clouds, low clouds, rain again, fire smoke and more rain.

Yesterday, FINALLY I was able to mount my setup and use the CEM25P properly for the first time.

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