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  • #2158
    ravnostic
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    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.

    #36497
    chupathingie
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    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…

    #36498
    soosh
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    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.

    #36499
    ravnostic
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    keep me posted!

    #36500
    Curious
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    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.

    #36501
    SilverStag
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    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.

    #36502
    Curious
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    my luck seems to run the same way. big meteor shower, clear the night before and the night after, cloudy the night of.

    #36503
    orionid
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    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.

    #36504
    ravnostic
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    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.

    ta funnay!

    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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