Thursday, July 2, 2015

Sun Halo - July 3, 2015

As I was going home, I saw a beautiful Sun Halo almost overhead so I grab my Canon EOS 500D DSLR with Canon EFS 10-22mm f/3.5-5.6 set at 10mm f/11 to image it. But Sun Halo also means we will have a bad weather later or tomorrow :(

Venus Jupiter Conjunction - July 2, 2015

I tried to image the Venus and Jupiter conjunction again this early evening with my Samsung Note 4 camera and indeed the 2 planets are starting to separate its distance from each other with the closest being that last July 1.

CCD Narrow Band Practice Processing Session

With impending bad weather and rainy season starting, I missed doing DSO imaging very much and so I try to hone my image processing skills by constantly trying to play around with different techniques using old and public data pool images. For this session, I try to play around processing narrow band images of IC410 Tadpole Nebula taken by Irving TCPIP and M8 Lagoon Nebula taken by Aresteo of Astrobin who graciously provided their narrow band image data for others like me to practice. These images are not my property and I just use them for my image processing practice and here are the 2 images that I will share with their data. Not the best processing IMHO but at least I have something to start out with :) I do hope someday I will get a chance to acquire OIII and SII filters so that I can get the data from my own acquisition :)

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Solar Imaging Session - July 2, 2015

I was able to take a quick snap on the Sun in Ha wavelength before it gets obstructed by our roof. A very nice wide dark filament highlights the solar surface together with growing AR2373 , 2376 and 2375 Sunspot Groups in the NE quadrant.

Venus Jupiter Conjunction - July 1, 2015

As I was walking home, I passed by a big mall and saw a nice background shot to image the still close Venus and Jupiter Conjunction. So I once again use my trusty Samsung Note 4 camera to image the pair. The 2 planets will start to separate farther to each other starting tomorrow. Thanks Venus and Jupiter for the nice show the last 3 days!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Venus Jupiter Conjunction - June 30, 2015

I got another chance to image the close Venus Jupiter Conjunction today again with my Samsung Note 4 camera. Today's conjunction shows the 2 bright planets less than 1/3 deg apart from each other. A very nice view indeed. I will also try to image the grouping again tomorrow so can compare if today's separation is smaller than that of tomorrow...

Monday, June 29, 2015

Venus Jupiter Conjunction - June 29, 2015

I was able to find time after work to get a glimpse of the close conjunction between planets Venus and Jupiter in the western horizon after sunset. I use my handy Samsung Note 4 camera and snap a shot of the beautiful conjunction. The 2 planets will come closest to each other on July 1.