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Equipment11" Starmaster ELT on Tom'O equatorial platform. Nikon Coolpix 4500.
DescriptionThis image shows how the angle of Saturn's rings has changed from our perspective over a 6 year period.
LocationNevada City, CA
Date5:05 am PDT, April 22, 2009
EquipmentStellarvue 105 mm at f7.0 Canon 350D, 1 second exposure at ISO 200. Losmandy GM-8 mount
DescriptionBeautiful occultation of the planet Venus from the Sierra Nevada in California. Disappearnce of Venus occurred under a dark sky at approximately 5:10 am. This exposure was taken just before disappearance.
EquipmentBorg 76ED @ f5.6 Nikon D300
DescriptionThe crescent Moon seconds away from eclipsing crescent Venus.
Date6 AM on the 22nd
EquipmentNikon D70 and Sigma 400mm f4
DescriptionTaken as the Moon approached Venus on the morning of the 22
DateApril 22, 2009; 12:10 UT
Equipment10" f/5.5 Newtonian on Schaefer equatorial mount. Monochrome DMK series camera by The Imaging Source
DescriptionThis is a stack of 100 video frames of Venus and the moon just before ingress.
LocationHarken Observatory - Pewaukee, WI
Equipment12" Meade LX200 GPS with Canon EOS450D, 1/250th sec exposures at ASA100
DescriptionThis is the onset of occultation. Individual frames were first processed using MaxIm DL IP. Susequently processed with GIMP2 and then with Registax4. Stacked on moon to preserve crater detail and show relative position of Venus to the lunar limb. Also, one image stacked on Venus and substitued for first in sequence. Could not see moon with naked eye in morning sunshine, but the telescope knew where to find Venus! Had not observed planets in daytime before. It was a good learning experience.
DateApril 22, 2009 5:10am PDT
EquipmentStellaVue ED 80mm telescope, 560mmf.l. taken with a Canon XTi Rebel digital camera, 1/3 sec exposure at ISO 800 setting.
DescriptionVenus about three minutes away from being occulted by the Moon.
Date22 Apr 2009, ~6:20am
EquipmentFujifilm FinePix A345 digital camera held up against eyepiece of Celestron 8.
DescriptionTip of Venus's crescent just touching the Moon as it begins to be occulted by the Moon on April 22, 2009. Taken with a camera held to the eyepiece, vignetting controlled the brightness.
LocationBroken Hill NSW Australia
Equipment16" F4.5 Newtonian Reflector on a GEM DMK 21AU04 Astronomic RGB filters Orion filter wheel
DescriptionSaturn, Titan and the shadow transit of Titan from 13/04/2009 taken from Broken Hill in the remote outback of Australia.
Date2.April.2009 18.01 UT
EquipmentCelestron C11+SKYnyx2-0 Camera +2x Barlow+6cm filter wheel
DescriptionHi Dear Sir After winter in Tehran we had terrible weather But on 2 April condition was unbeliever Excellent Atmosphere & good seeing cause I took some images from Saturn 7 one of best I sent for you Interesting is you can see Mimas moon why ? because 195 km radius moon could I from one milliard Km Distance to register . Best Wish Sadegh Ghomizadeh