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Date25/05/2009 23h 59' 17" UT
Equipment20" F4,5 Newton on GOTO Mathis Mount MI G500 Canon D40 Camera ISO 1600 exposure 0,8"
DescriptionThe picture shows the close approach between the planet Jupiter and Neptune.
Date5/16/2009 11:15pm CST
EquipmentMeade 8"SCT mounted on LXD-75 thru 2.5x barlow with DMK21AU04.AS camera
DescriptionWas looking thru SkyAndTelescope's Gallery and thought us "small apperature" folks needed some representation! :) I just bought my first telescope in Sept of last year and have been cutting my astrophotog teeth on Saturn this spring. (in case your wondering: in 9 months i've gone thru 3 scopes, 4 mounts, and 4 cameras...doing my part for the economy!) -Cheers
LocationHouston, Texas USA
Date05/15/2009 - 12:50am CDT
EquipmentHome made 10" f/5 Newtonian. TV 5X and Philips ToUcam Pro camera. Combination of 200 frames in Registax.
DescriptionSaturn was getting pretty low in the sky when this exposure was made. Atmospheric seeing limited the resolution. Titan's shadow as clearly visible in teh eyepiece as it started across Saturn's surface.
DateApril 22, 2009 6:08:13 AM
EquipmentOrion 100 ED, Canon 30d prime focus.
DescriptionVenus reemerging from behind the moon. About 100th of a second shutter speed made the blue sky dark.
PhotographerManuel Rodriguez Huerta
DateApril 22, 2009 06:50 h local time
EquipmentSony DSC-W100 digital camera. f/4.0, ISO speed 200, focal length 15.1 mm, exposure 1/2 sec.
DescriptionThe moon and Venus conjunction, but with Mars present too.
LocationBroken Hill Australia
Date29th April 2009 10:40 UTC
Equipment16" F4.5 Newt on GEM DMK 21AU04 with Astronomic RGB filters and Orion filter wheel
DescriptionThis image was captured at Broken Hill in the remote outback of Australia by Trevor Barry, the seeing was very good 8+/10. The sope is highly modified and the GEM was designed and built by me, housed in my observatory. I recently designed and built a Peltier cooler for my primary mirror and used it to great effect to capture this image.
DateApr. 22nd 2009, Aprox. 0511
EquipmentCanon Rebel XSi on 6" f/8.7 amateur built scope with 2x barlow mounted on an edmund scientific equatorial. This scope was built by my uncle when he was a teenager (early 60's), hand ground mirror and all. I restored it a couple of years ago.
DescriptionVenus half way behind the limb of the moon. 1/60 sec exposure, brightness & contrast adjusted in F-Spot photo manager, then unsharp mask and image rescale in GIMP
LocationMetchosin, British Columbia Canada
DateApril 28 & 29/09 2330 -0130 hrs PDT
EquipmentF/5 12.5" dob and f/8 6" dob Pencil sketch on white paper, inverted with Photoshop
DescriptionLate in the evening of April 28/09 I had the opportunity to watch a second Tiatan shadow transit. The conditions were far from ideal with a very light haze and less than optimum seeing. I picked up the first sighting of the shadow on the limb of the planet at just 0631 UT as an indentation on the edge. . With the fluctuations in seeing, variable transparency and tree blockage, I managed to observe almost half of the transit. I marked dots at 5 locations for where the shadow fell. Where I placed the Moons is where they were, when I first spotted the shadow. This observation was one of the highlights of my observing life, seeing as 50 years ago on April 29th, my own shadow began to fall on this planet.
LocationHome near De Soto, Kansas.
DateApril 28, 2009, 9:07 pm CDT.
EquipmentEQ driven Canon Rebel XTi with a 300mm Nikkor lens @ f/8; 40 second exposure at ISO 200.
DescriptionA Whippoorwill in a nearby woods seemed to be crying, "hurry up, hurry up, hurry up," as I rushed to set up the EQ mount and begin the exposure before the deep, purplish-blue twilight had faded away. I wanted to image the wxing crescent Moon's bright Earthshine, and capture the bright open star cluster M35 in Gemini. This is the result.
PhotographerManuel Rodriguez Huerta
Date2009 apr 22 07h16m local time
EquipmentOrion refractor Dia 80 mm, F.L. 400 mm with 25 mm eyepiece and Nikon Coolpix S550 camera in a tripod.
DescriptionThe moon and Venus in conjunction.