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forestgnome
12-01-2008, 05:56 AM
Jupiter and Venus are now very close to each other and very bright in the southwest at sunset. Tonight, a three-day-old crescent will be close to them as well.

Last night was clouded over here in the White Mtns. when the two-day-old Moon was up there, but I did see the one-day-old Moon at the end of a nice hike in the Ossipees on Saturday.

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l190/forestgnome/mooseyard028.jpg

Tonight will be a great night for sunset for those with clear skies :)

forestgnome
12-01-2008, 05:58 AM
here's an article...

http://www.skyandtelescope.com/observing/home/35217944.html

parnelli
12-01-2008, 06:53 AM
http://media.skyandtelescope.com/images/Venus-Jupiter-Moon+300.jpgThanks for the link. My 6 year old was inquiring about those
bright stars in the sky. And we were also enjoying the moon.
Hopefully things will clear this evening.;)

Rich
12-01-2008, 05:02 PM
I'm looking at it now and all approaching clouds are breaking up as they approach! Very cool!!

KathyC
12-01-2008, 05:28 PM
It's perfectly clear down here and so pretty, I can't wait to see everyones photos.

BlueDog
12-01-2008, 06:26 PM
Very clear and bright here in Virginia. What a beautiful sight!

CHRIS
12-01-2008, 06:58 PM
I took these tonite when I got home but then the clouds came in.
http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb96/CRIVERHD12/MOON%20AND%20PLANETS/080308002.jpg

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb96/CRIVERHD12/MOON%20AND%20PLANETS/080308003.jpg

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb96/CRIVERHD12/MOON%20AND%20PLANETS/080308005.jpg

forestgnome
12-01-2008, 07:08 PM
Chris, nice work! Very sharp. In fact, I think you picked up one of Jupiter's moons! I'll check the charts to see if any of Jupiter's moons are in the 11:00 position.


Would you please share with us what your settings were? Thanks :)

KathyC
12-01-2008, 07:19 PM
wow, really nice picutures..

Since my last post, the temp. feels like it dropped 20 degrees, it got windy, cloudy and started to rain.

CHRIS
12-01-2008, 07:26 PM
I was just looking over this one and if you look at the bottom right it almost looks like another planet but I don't know if it is some kind of reflection.

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb96/CRIVERHD12/MOON%20AND%20PLANETS/080308004.jpg

Here is the link to my pics. I have a couple others there.
http://s211.photobucket.com/albums/bb96/CRIVERHD12/MOON%20AND%20PLANETS/

I feel honored to be told from the master that my pictures are nice. Thanks Patrick.
I will get back to you on my settings.

Brad
12-01-2008, 07:28 PM
The EXIF data for the first image is

Camera Make: Canon
Camera Model: Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL
Image Date: 2008:12:01 17:47:07
Flash Used: No
Focal Length: 190.0mm
CCD Width: 22.66mm
Exposure Time: 0.800 s
Aperture: f/5.0
ISO equiv: 800
White Balance: Auto
Metering Mode: Matrix


Very interesting settings and they worked very well.

KD Talbot
12-01-2008, 07:30 PM
Warm temps and melting ice on the pond made for a lot of ground fog but the new moon Venus and Jupiter shone through. I didn't try any photos because of the fog, but beautiful sight.

KDT

Brad
12-01-2008, 07:30 PM
The EXIF data for Chris' 3rd picture is:

Camera Make: Canon
Camera Model: Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL
Image Date: 2008:12:01 17:50:30
Flash Used: No
Focal Length: 170.0mm
CCD Width: 22.66mm
Exposure Time: 1.000 s
Aperture: f/5.0
ISO equiv: 800
White Balance: Auto
Metering Mode: Matrix

#2 is very close to #1's settings.

CHRIS
12-01-2008, 07:35 PM
Thanks Brad for posting the info for me.

forestgnome
12-01-2008, 08:30 PM
I was just looking over this one and if you look at the bottom right it almost looks like another planet but I don't know if it is some kind of reflection.

I feel honored to be told from the master that my pictures are nice. Thanks Patrick.


The green crescent is a reflection of the moon's light but I definately am not able to describe the technicals.

Thanks very, very much for the "master" compliment, but I must comment: The praise is fully appreciated, but if you only knew what a half-ditz I can be while creating images. I constantly make the same mistakes repeatedly and miss rare opportunities, and I have some strange aversion to learning/studying technical data. I just block it out like a pouting child at times and so I learn necessary technical info in small doses. All I want to think about is composition and creativity.

Jim Salge and KD Talbot are very advanced photgraphers. And your images tonight show a high level of technique as well. Keep it up!

That may be Io, the inner-most of Jupiter's large moons, but the chart I just looked at has me wondering.

Clear Skies :)

Brad
12-01-2008, 08:33 PM
I left the ISO at 100 and should have pushed it - which I really do not like to do - but should have in this case as can be seen by chris' pictures.

http://images45.fotki.com/v1422/photos/8/8235/6917527/CRW_9066-vi.jpg

Camera Make: Canon
Camera Model: Canon EOS D60
Image Date: 2008:12:01 18:23:26
Flash Used: No
Focal Length: 135.0mm
Exposure Time: 6.000 s
Aperture: f/10.0
ISO equiv: 100
Metering Mode: Matrix
Exposure: Manual

Brad
12-01-2008, 08:59 PM
The green crescent is a reflection of the moon's light but I definately am not able to describe the technicals.

Patrick,

I am guessing the green crescent is the same thing as what causes sun dogs. Ice crystals cause the light to be refrated at 22 degrees - therefore it is off to the side. Just an uninformed guess. I saw the same thing - so, it was not Chris' camera or lens.

forestgnome
12-01-2008, 09:04 PM
That was a beautiful scene tonight! Here's my entry. I knew I couldn't capture the crescent of the Moon while capturing the rest of this scene because of the extreme contrast. The first pic in this thread was taken when there was still lots of light in the sky, so the contrast between Moon and sky was not great.

I try to capture Earth and sky when I shoot the night sky, as you see it while standing under a quiet starry sky in the deep forest. The terrestrial foreground gives scale to the sky. Anyway, it is not intended to be astrophotography. It just is what it is.


http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l190/forestgnome/mvj12-1-08070a.jpg




clear skies :)

KD Talbot
12-01-2008, 09:38 PM
Nothing beats seeing it in real time, though! :)

I have to go deflate my chest a few sizes now, it's not to often I'm called a master photographer and mentioned in the same sentence as Jim Salge, especially by someone I consider a master.

There are some very excellent photographers contributing to this forum, I'm just another name in the crowd.

Keep shootin' and posting, folks. It's all good!

KDT

KathyC
12-02-2008, 05:18 AM
My hat is off to all of you, you capture some of the most beautiful photo's. I'm envious of your talents.

So often when I stop here to look it just takes my breath away.

Brad
12-02-2008, 05:33 AM
What I find interesting is that pure photography sites do not interest me. But, forum members here have a true appreciation for outdoors and the variations in weather. The result is a set of photos that are really good and are what I love to see.

CHRIS
12-02-2008, 06:56 AM
Thanks Patrick. I also read everything I can and study the magazines of the settings that people do thier shooting in but when it is crunch time it seems like most of the information I have read must have dripped out of my ears because I just start shooting and sometimes I get it and alot of times I don't then I get frustrated.But I have been trying to take my time and definetly use a tripod.
Thanks everybody for your compliments it means alot.

JimS
12-02-2008, 09:31 AM
Wow,
Some great shots of last night's event, one that I was totally socked in for :(

Chris/Brad...it's interesting how different your settings were for this, and the results are interesting. Chris...soon with digital cameras, noise at high iso's will be a thing of the past...allowing cleaner night work, but these are great as is. Love that you got Jupitor's moon in there. Brad, you shot at a low iso to reduce noice, and got a clean image. The smaller aperature though caused a longer exposure and some (slight) trailing, but also diffracted a star around venus, a nice touch.

The green 'halo' is definately a lens artifact, and not an atmospheric like a sundog. That would need to be at least 22 degrees from the sun, which it is nowhere near. I imagine if you had a haze filter on, it is a reflection or flair off that...

Forestgnome...great shot showing the scene surrounding it...a great sense of place anchoring the evening...almost as good as being there.

There are many great photographers on the forum, each with a different style, and I am thankful for all those who share.

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On a side note, from europe, venus was eclipsed by the moon, and spaceweather.com has some amazing images on their homepage:

http://www.spaceweather.com/

Enjoy!

mtruman
12-02-2008, 10:43 AM
All great images. The details in Chris's and Brad's are excellent. The artistic quality of Patrick's (both yesterday's and the original at the start of the thread without the planets) is fantastic - the inclusion of both earth and sky as he puts it really give the sense of being there. Wish I had been... The view from home was clouded in every night so far. Hoping for clearer skies tonight.

Brad
12-02-2008, 01:01 PM
Jim,

It was fun trying to get the pictures. Certainly is a bit warmer here in NC than shooting in NH or Maine the past few days. Last night I tried to move over to get the moon closer to the planets. But, I just could not move enough. :rolleyes:

JimS
12-02-2008, 01:20 PM
Jim,

Last night I tried to move over to get the moon closer to the planets. But, I just could not move enough. :rolleyes:

You clearly weren't trying hard enough...they were closer together up here, than they were by you. Next time try walking to europe...you'd have found what you were after ;)

Brad
12-02-2008, 02:57 PM
Jim, I knew you would have an answer. I will be all set next time. This must be why you are in teaching now.

M_Six
12-02-2008, 08:43 PM
The only white visible in the sky last night was the snow that was falling, but it was still impressive tonight. Times like this I wish I owned a nice telescope.