December 3, 2010 at 4:05 pm #2158
Venus, when at her brightest, is stunning in pictures, whether telescopic or p/s-ic.
But didja know that she can be bright enough to cast shadows? Saturday Dec. 4 she’ll be at her very brightest– magnitude -4.9 (that’s 25 times as bright as the brightest star) And the moon won’t rise till 2 hours after Venus, which is about the end-time for dark skies anyway (not to mention the phase).
Should you be in a rural or dark area of the world *coughsooshcough*–excuse me–it might be a neat opportunity to capture some 10-60 second exposure of some scene at a high ISO but descent enough aperture to capture a nice scene with Vesuvian shadows.
I’ll have to try Sunday, as I won’t get out of work early enough on Saturday.December 3, 2010 at 9:24 pm #36497chupathingieParticipant
hmmmm… neat idea…. haven’t tested out the hi ISO on my cam on anything yet. Willing to bet that 25600 is pretty noisy, tho… but I do have an f1.2 lens that would work nicely with that…December 4, 2010 at 10:07 am #36498sooshParticipant
I’ll have to look for it. I was out with the dog at 5am the other day and venus was definitely way brighter than I ever remember seeing it, but that night there was a half-moon.
right now, though, our skies are clouded up and we’re having quite a bit of snow. it should pass through and be clear again for a while, though.December 4, 2010 at 11:58 am #36499
keep me posted!December 4, 2010 at 2:55 pm #36500CuriousParticipant
while i’m not truly rural it’s pretty dark here. unfortunately for sky viewing there are countless tress that block the horizon so unless whatever i want to see is 45 degrees plus above the horizon it’s hidden.December 4, 2010 at 8:54 pm #36501SilverStagParticipant
These astronomical photo-ops are a useful weather prediction tool- I can tell, sometimes months ahead of time, what nights will be overcast or rainy.December 4, 2010 at 10:23 pm #36502CuriousParticipant
my luck seems to run the same way. big meteor shower, clear the night before and the night after, cloudy the night of.December 4, 2010 at 11:24 pm #36503orionidParticipant
ditto. That’s why I haven’t told the weatherman that there’s a lunar eclipse on the solstice. Then again, the feast preparations my pagan friends are making for that just might give it away.December 5, 2010 at 3:17 am #36504
These astronomical photo-ops are a useful weather prediction tool- I can tell, sometimes months ahead of time, what nights will be overcast or rainy.
It’s true, even in sunny Arizona. I had to wait for a cloud break to capture my moon. I had about 10 minutes with it before it got clouded over again. Tomorrow morning’s opportunity looks to be overcast as well, so maybe no Vesuvian shadows for me…
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