Moon, Venus and Mars Conjunction, Jan 31, 2017

Moon, Venus and Mars on Jan 31, 2017. Canon T3 and a Canon 200mmm telephoto lens set at F/4. Exposure was 1/100th sec @ ISO 3200.

A beautiful conjunction of the moon and two planets made the last evening of Jan 2017 quite nice.  The Moon joined Venus and Mars on this evening and I just had to get some shots.

Moon, Venus and Mars on Jan 31, 2017. Canon T3 and a Canon 200mmm telephoto lens set at F/2.8. Exposure was 1/40th sec @ ISO 3200.

I could have used a tripod for these, but I took the images by propping the camera on the top of a car.   Consequently, I had lots of rejected images due to motion blur.    But, luckily, I got a three steady ones that were good enough to post.   The forth image below was a repair job, but it came out OK after correcting it for my unsteady hands.  🙂

Moon, Venus and Mars on Jan 31, 2017. Canon T3 and a Sigma 28-70 Zoom, 70mm at F/4. Exposure was 1/60th sec @ ISO 3200.
Moon, Venus and Mars on Jan 31, 2017. Canon T3 and a Sigma 28-70 Zoom, 70mm at F/4. Exposure was 1/4th sec @ ISO 3200.

These last two are actually composites.   The one right above had motion blur and as mentioned previously, I was able to fix it.  But, fixing it messed up the trees.  So, I had to composite the good trees back in from the original.  In the second image above, the moon was replaced with a better version from the 200mm lens.

 

M67 Open Cluster in Cancer

M67 Open Cluster in Cancer. Taken on Jan 29, 2017. 38×60 sec @ ISO 400, TV-85 at F/5.6, Canon T3, Atlas EQ-G w/EQMOD.

With the heavy light pollution (LP) I’ve had to deal with where I’m imaging from lately, I decided a few open clusters would be better targets than anything too faint like nebulae and galaxies.  At around 10:30 pm on this particular night, M67 was in perfect position to be imaged.

The LP limited me to 1 minute exposures at ISO 400, so it is not a very deep image.   Getting rid of the LP in processing knocks the colors out and I had to work hard to get a little of the colors back.   Oh, well… at least I’m able to get something useful out of the data.

 

M35 Open Cluster in Gemini

M35 on Jan 29, 2017. Full frame. 50×60 sec @ ISO 400, TV-85 at F/5.6, Canon T3, Atlas EQ-G w/EQMOD.
M35 on Jan 29, 2017. Cropped and rotated north up. 50×60 sec @ ISO 400, TV-85 at F/5.6, Canon T3, Atlas EQ-G w/EQMOD. Additional 50% blend with image from SN-8.

Two versions of data obtained on Jan 29, 2017 in very light polluted conditions.   The full frame is oriented north to the left and the crop has been rotated to north is up.

Comet Encke

Comet Encke, Jan 29, 2017. 14×60 sec @ ISO 200, TV-85 at F/5.6, Canon T3, Atlas EQ-G w/EQMOD.

Here’s Comet Encke on Jan 29, 2017.    I imaged it two years ago when it last came around.  On this night it was very low in a very bad LP zone  right above bright parking lot lights and street lights.   I’m surprised anything even registered.   As you can see, it was small and dim and almost, but not quite, swallowed up by the LP.  🙁

Two Day Old Moon – HDR

A two day old Moon. 4 images of varying exposures combined. TV-85 at F/5.6, Canon T3, Atlas EQ-G w/EQMOD.

On Jan 29, 2017, a two day old moon was in the sky and I shot it first thing before it sank too low to image.   This is somewhat of an HDR image in that I took a series of 4 exposures, long to short, to try and get the earthshine and details in the crescent.    I aligned and stacked them in PS with about a 50% blend for each exposure.