Dec 26, 2012

Christmas Conjunction: Jupiter & Moon




I just finished to process the images I took last night of the Jupiter-Moon conjunction. It was a bit cloudy over here but I managed to get a glimpse of the event between the clouds. The scene was already impressive with the naked eye but the view through the eyepiece was absolutely amazing! It's not everyday that one can see the belts of Jupiter and the craters on the Moon in the same field of view! The biggest planet in the Solar System and the biggest object in the night sky side by side. A Christmas to remember!

Fullsize: http://img819.imageshack.us/img819/3060/conjuctionmoonjuprv6cs6.jpg

Taken with SkyWatcher 80ED f/7.5 and Canon 1000D, 1/60s, ISO100. 26/December/2012 around 00h05 UT. From Vieira do Minho, Braga, Portugal.

"Blue Moon" selected for LPOD! (23/Dec/2012)

Dear friends,
I am glad to announce that my image of the fenomenon "Blue Moon" was selected to LPOD (Lunar Photo Of the Day) on the December 23rd. It is the 3rd image of mine selected for LPOD by Charles Wood.

"Charles Wood, a former NASA scientist who had studied the Moon and writes a monthly lunar column for Sky & Telescope, proposed starting the LPOD as an adjunct to his NASA-funded web site www.observingthesky.org. (...)
LPOD is based on the very successful Astronomy Picture of the Day, which contains a wonderful picture and brief caption each day with links for further information. APOD is viewed by millions of people around the world. It has sparked a wider interest in astronomy and the new understanding that comes with the beautiful images. (...)
All of these PODs provide an easy and quick way for astronomers - both amateur and professional - and the general public to stay in touch with emerging science and be awed by the beauty of the cosmos." - from LPOD website.

Permanet link: http://lpod.wikispaces.com/December+23%2C+2012

Dec 2, 2012

It's been a while...

...since I took my SPC900NC out of the box for some Solar System imaging. One day before opposition, I caught the King of Planets and two of its wonderful moons. The telescope wasn't properly collimated and seeing was poor...nevertheless, I am glad I spent a couple of hours outside looking through the eyepiece and to the screen with Jupiter dancing in the turbulence.
Note: It was freeeezzziiiiiinnngggg COLD! x)

(click on the image to enlarge)

Orion 8" reflector @f/10 and SPC900NC. Processed in AS!2+CS6. 23:14 UT, 1/Dec/12.

I found this apropied in this post: It's Been A While - Staind. xD