Venus in the Pleiades

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Venus in the Pleiades

Post by rwilkinson » Wed Apr 01, 2020 3:50 pm

The planet Venus is tracking through Taurus at the moment, and this Friday it will transit through The Pleiades Cluster.
I've just been looking at some recent images from the MicroObservatory remote telescope facility:
https://waps.cfa.harvard.edu/microobser ... ectory.php
This 'scope also has a camera on its wide-angle finder, which gives a good view of the sky around the cluster.
I've made a little animation of its three most recent images, from March 28th, 29th & 31st:
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The bright glow at the bottom of the first image is the Moon, and the bright streaks emanating from Venus are due to "blooming" (an overloading effect in the CCD camera).

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Re: Venus in the Pleiades

Post by rwilkinson » Fri Apr 03, 2020 10:56 am

Here's an update from this morning (yesterday evening their time):
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Venus in the Pleiades on 2nd April.
(FITS data from MicroObservatory)
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Re: Venus in the Pleiades

Post by rwilkinson » Sun Apr 05, 2020 9:05 am

As it was clear last night I was able to observe this "conjunction" through my Canon IS binoculars.

I also took some images to process, but was rather hampered by terrestrial "clutter" such as neighbours' TV aerials and 'phone lines.
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Single 10-sec with Sony NEX5R on TS70ED at f/4.2
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5x 8-sec with Sony NEX5R on TS70ED at f/4.2
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Note the faint "ghost image" to the lower right of centre: this arises from an internal reflection off my filter or focal-reducer

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