Moon and Jupiter

Canon EOS 500D
10s, ISO 400
Peleng 8mm fish eye lens
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Canon EOS 500D
1/500s, ISO 200 (Moon)
1/50s, ISO 200 (Jupiter)

Fluorite refractor Perl Vixen FL= 900, FD= 8.8 on LXD75 mount.

This huge and detailed image is the combinaison of 2 real pictures superimposed on a cleaned simulation (Stellarium).
Respective sizes, distances and orientation are respected at best. Luminosity has been enhanced for Jupiter satellites.
It is necessary to click on it and enlarge to 100% to get a good feeling of the event !
(legend included)


-Canon EOS 500D
0.03s-ISO 200-F 420mm-FD18
6 Registax6 processed
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-5ms-100 ISO
2x Registax6 processes (one for Moon, one for Jupiter)
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Venus, the Moon and Saturn

Very nice at early morning at Sotteville-s-mer, France(20071007 0523 UT)
click on image for larger... or here for detail (50mm)
Canon EOS 10D, 18mm F8, 8s exposure at 100ISO on a tripod

Venus and the Moon

20070321-1851 UT
Canon 10D on tripod, Auto mode without flash, 50mm


Moon and the Pleiades (click on picture for larger or here for large FOV with Venus)
Canon EOS behind 100/500 Skywatcher refractor, mounted on LX200 12"


HIP 42705 passsing behind Saturn rings !
Test on the 24 (seeing conditions rather poor)

Toucam Pro 2, B&W sensor on LX200 12", 3x Televue barlow.

About 300 images registered in Registax 3 for clarity... but individual images are OK too.

1- RED filter R25
For both objects : 5fps-gamma25-expo1/25s-gain75

2- Near InfraRED filter

For both objects : 5fps-gamma50-auto mode

3- Color test (Toucam Pro 2, IR-UV cut filter)

Same processed (Colors, stretching)



The Moon and Venus are looking close together (03/24/2004 evening) !
Time Acceleration 600X*. The minute star left of Venus is Delta Aries, Mg4.3. It is the point of reférence for the animation.
It is obvious that Venus moves very little and The Moon a lot ! Of course it moves East on the background of stars but at the same time plunges towards the horizon where it slowly disappears in the fog ! This natural darkening allow us to catch the main features visible on the crescent.

Animation DIVX  smaller than GIF but better in quality !

EXIF data :

Model : Canon EOS 10D (// on LX200, remote timer TC-80N3** Canon )
Orientation : left-hand side
DateTime : 2004:03:24 20:29 (-> 21:33 TU)
ExposureTime : 15,00Sec
FNumber : F9,5
ISOSpeedRatings : 100
FocalLength : 260,00(mm)
ExifImageWidth : 3072
ExifImageHeight : 2048
ExposureMode : Manual
WhiteBalance : Auto
Self-timer : 2sec (after miror lock up)
Quality : Fine (JPEG)

Focus Mode : MF
ImageSize : Large
Contrast : Normal
Saturation : +2
Sharpness : -2
Focal length of lens : 75-300(mm)
Color Tone : Normal
Fn1.NoiseReduction : Off

*1 image every 5 min, showing here at 2fps.
** parameters : exposure 00:00:00, interval 30s

May 17, 2000


                                           07H27  (FD 30)         08H00  (FD 10)        08H37 TU (FD 10) (

C8 at focal plane, Lumicon Ha Prominence Filter without prefilter, Quickcam VC
a few images combined
See one band on jupiter on the middle image

11H00 UT
C8 , Trial with Barlow 3x Televue, Lumicon Ha Prominence Filter without prefilter, Quickcam VC
30 images combined. Jupiter is the round "blob" at the left of Venus !

Process  (done in many 3 min times in between clouds !!) :

As the conjunction was at a mere 7° W of the SUN, drastic precautions had to be taken !!

The Ha filter was put complete in front of the scope at the beginning, to safely focus on the Sun limb with my largest FOV eyepiece (40mm) , then the scope was manually turned towards Venus using RA-DEC circles (motorized GP-DX mount). After visual check for darkness at the eyepiece, the red prefilter was removed but not the opaque prefilter holder. Indeed this helps a lot avoiding glare by stopping down the C8 (F30) + cutting all lateral Sun reflections. Check with the hand against the eyepiece revealed no light. I approached my eye slowly  from the side at a respectable distance from the eyepiece ...good, no bright light ! Venus was then found visually at the border of the field, centered, then via motorized focusing, dead-centered with a VC-parfocal 26mm eyepiece (made by adding some PVC tubing). Observation with the n.ked eye was very nice. One small light spot...and the second just nearby, so pale ! Then it was replaced by the VC for shooting. Removing the prefilter holder was then safe (a Sun reflection ring of light was visible on dust present on the side of the secondary mirror. Danger ! NO VISUAL anymore) and gave the first results above. Later I added a 3x Barlow just for the challenge !

* Last info : I got a mail (nicely in private) from Christel late in the evening of the 17th. She was upset because she could not understand that the two planets were so close in the early morning (compared with her planetarium software). I answered to her that the great shine of Venus probably "ate" the distance. There was no doubt in my mind.I did observed the same thing behind the eyepiece ! Jupiter was hard to see... as forecasted ! On the evening of the 18th I called Gilbert and told him. I had looked carefully on Guide7. No object around could have create confusion. If it is not Jupiter it is what ?  And soon Gilbert says " a reflection" ! Arrrgh ! I think right away that this is a possibility, as there was the H alpha filter in line ... I do some measurement on the images and the distance stays constant ! Conclusion : this story was an unintended joke ! Jupiter was the pale reflection of Venus ! And I believed seeing a band on the planet !!

The omnipresence of clouds made me work in a hurry. Blue sky was all but absent ! BTW even if the weather had been nice,  I am not sure I would have seen the problem ! Indeed the reflection had the good shape for a faraway Jupiter during daylight ! During the short periods of clear sky (may be 4 times five min during the day) I had just the time to look at the eyepiece, center and focus before putting the webcam. Moreover -so funny - I felt obliged to add a 3x Barlow at 11h UT expecting a better image ! If I had not done it, maybe I would have seen Jupiter, not far away at that time ! In any case it was like, but was not an April fool story ! I was the first caught !! I do hope that you will read this "amateur story" with a smile !

And if it was really Jupiter ?  I will soon (hopefully... If the Sun is coming back) do the same setup with Venus ONLY !

I left the previous images and text hoping there is something to learn from it !

Moral :

             If something troubles you ...tell it ...softly !! Thank's Christel !!
             & take care of reflections !

BTW I remember a few years ago spending time and efforts to focus on my video camera an internal reflection of the Moon ! One never learns ?

At last two words :
        · The most invisible lye is the one dissimulated in 99% of true !
        · What you see is what you believe !

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