Photo Gallery:Venus and the Pleiades (April 2012)
Venus and Pleiades (April 2012)
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LocationGreen Bay, WI
Date3/24/12 and 4/12/12
EquipmentCamera: Mod Canon Xsi Lens: Canon 70-200 f/4 at 185mm Mount: Orion Atlas mount Outoguider: orion SSAU and Celestron 70mm refractor
DescriptionFrom my location, Venus was inside of the pleiades!! The view was really fantastic since I never thought that the planet was going to be so close to the asterism.
PhotographerOdilon Simões Corrêa
DateApril 02, 2012 - 21h52m UT
EquipmentCanon EOS REBEL T3i with 55mm lens, set at f/5.6, ISO-400, on a fixed tripod.
DescriptionThe beautiful and relatively rare encounter between Venus and the Pleiades was recorded in this 5 seconds exposure.
LocationTiran , Esfahan , Iran
Date3 April 2012
Equipment35 mm Samyang at f 4 , Canon 5D
DescriptionPleiades and Venus on the Apple blossoms , 3 April 2012.
LocationSarvelat, Gilan, Iran
Equipmentcanon 60D camera 100-400 canon lens manferotto tripod 3.2 sec exposure time iso speed 800
Descriptionbeautiful view of Moon , Venus and Jupiter conjunction
LocationQuezon City, Philippines
DateApril 04, 2012 8:11pm PHT
EquipmentCanon X5 zoom lens at 300mm f/5.6 iso 100 3min, motorized barndoor tracker.
DescriptionVenus passing thru Pleiades
DateApr. 3, 2012 at 8:20pm
EquipmentA Nikon D90 and a Sigma APO 400mm lens were used to capture the event (North is up). The exposure was 4 minutes at f/22 (ISO 800). Camera tracking was accomplished with a Losmandy G-11 equatorial mount.
DescriptionConjunctions between Venus and the Pleiades star cluster at favorable elongations from the Sun are relatively rare astronomical events. The last one occurred in May 2004 (source: More Mathematical Astronomical Morsels, 2002, Jean Meeus). The Pleiades is one of the most famous night sky asterisms and is also known as the Seven Sisters, Subaru and M45 (http://astropixels.com/openclusters/M45-01.html). In April 2012, Venus and the naked-eye star cluster are again in close proximity for several days, and with Venus favorably placed in the evening sky just days after its Greatest Eastern Elongation from the Sun on March 26. The image below shows the close conjunction of Venus and the Pleiades on the evening of 2012 April 3 (local time), as seen from Portal, AZ. It will take approximately 3 days for Venus to pass through the Pleiades (April 2-4). Check AstroPixels.com (http://astropixels.com/main/recent.html) for more photos of this lovely event in the coming days.
LocationSteamboat Springs, CO
Date04/03/12 9:06pm MDT
EquipmentThis is a 15-second exposure through a Celestron 4-inch refractor with a Nikon D700 digital camera set at ISO 6400, piggybacked on a Celestron 11-inch telescope.
DescriptionDazzling Venus amongst the twinkly Pleiades is one of the loveliest sights I've seen through a telescope!
LocationBurlington, Ontario, Canada
DateApril 4, 2012, approx 9:30pm EDT
EquipmentCanon Digital Rebel 300D on Tamron 300mm telephoto lens, stopped down to f/4. Lens and camera were tracked on a Super Polaris equatorial mount. 5 x 20 seconds (100 seconds of exposure in total), ISO 400.
DescriptionVenus is beside the Pleiades (M45) on the evening of April 4, 2012. The diffraction spikes of Venus are from the aperture leaves of the lens.
DateApril 2, 2012 19h35m GMT
EquipmentPentax K5 camera with Pentax smc A* 200mm F2.8 lens on fixed tripod. Diaphragmed to F:5.6, 1600 ISO, 12 2sec exposures stacked with RegiStax and corrected for 2sec linear drift with FocusMagic software.
DescriptionVenus close to the Pleiades cluster. Venus is spectacularly bright in comparison to the "bright" Pleiades stars. The extended diffraction spikes are due to the 8 blades of the diaphragm.
EquipmentHomemade Equatorial Mount, telelens MC-5CA (500/8), Canon 400d
Descriptioniso 800, exposure 90s.