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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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Eta Carinae Nebula (NGC 3372) Close-Up

So, after shoting Eta Carinae Nebula (NGC 3372) with a wide angle lens, now it’s time to shot this target again, this time to inaugurate my new OTA with a close-up of those beautiful hydrogen clouds and giantic star clusters.

Not everyone knows, but Eta Carinae Nebula (NGC 3372) is four times larger than the Orion Nebula (Messier 42) and even brighter. Don’t misunderstand me. Messier 42 is incredible, but Eta Carinae is special. It is so complex, with a lot of star clusters, Hydrogen Alpha regions, dark clouds… and it’s huge! And the big red giant in its center? Speechless. This red giant totally deserves an dedicated post for its own.

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Rho Ophiuchi – First try

So, after a frustrated attempt to imaging Rho Ophiuchi on friday (June 5, 2019) with a Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4, on Saturday I tryed again, this time with my Nikon Af-s Nikkor 50mm F/1.8g.

This faster lens made it easy to exposure.

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