Venus




20.01.17  17:22 UTC
C14 @ f/11; PGR Flea 3 CCD with ADC
Trutek G filter




             
21.01.17  17:43 UTC
C14 @ f/11; PGR Flea 3 CCD with ADC
IR 742nm filter



           
04.02.17  17:06 UTC
C14 @ f/11; PGR Flea 3 CCD with ADC
IR 742nm filter



Daytime images of Venus at inferior conjunction


        

25.03.17  14:41 UTC

Very tricky to image Venus safely with the Sun only 8 degrees below the planet. Used the shadow of the observatory shed
as my shielding. The phase was only 1% and the apparent angular diameter a massive 59"! Used a basic Orion 25 red filter and Baader UV/IR rejection filter to dim the background blue sky. PGR Flea 3 CCD on my 20cm Meade LX200 SCT @ f/10.
Very turbulent air above the felted observatory shed roof.





A beautiful conjunction of Venus, Jupiter and Mars



The morning of 25th October 2015








The morning of 25th October 2015









The morning of 9th October 2015

All above with modded Canon EOS 450D fitted with 50mm F4 Olympus lens.






09.10.15  06:20 UTC
R+UV/IR rejection filter
C14 @ F11; Flea 3 CCD


23.06.15  21:05 UTC
20cm Meade LX200 SCT, x2.5 Power Mate
Flea 3 CCD; Astronomik IR > 742nm filter; poor seeing





23.06.15  20:28 UTC
20cm Meade LX200 SCT @ F10
Flea 3 CCD; Schuler UV filter; poor seeing







12.05.15  20:50 UTC
20cm Meade LX200 SCT
Flea 3 CCD; Astronomik IR > 742nm filter; poor seeing




21.05.15  19:42 UTC
20cm Meade LX200 SCT
Flea 3 CCD; Schuler UV filter; poor seeing



21.05.15  20:24 UTC
20cm Meade LX200 SCT
Flea 3 CCD; Astronomik IR > 742nm filter; poor seeing




A close conjunction of Venus and Jupiter




Venus and Jupiter only 19' (0.3 degree) apart
30th June 2015 at Stevington Windmill
Canon EOS 450D DSLR; 135mm lens









30th June 2015 at Stevington Windmill
Canon EOS 450D DSLR; 135mm lens











30th June 2015 at Stevington Windmill
Canon EOS 450D DSLR; 50mm lens













30th June 2015 at Stevington Windmill
Canon EOS 450D DSLR; 50mm lens












30th June 2015 at Stevington Windmill
Canon EOS 450D DSLR; 50mm lens










29th June 2015
Canon EOS 450D DSLR; 50mm lens








29th June 2015
Canon EOS 450D DSLR; 135mm lens











29th June 2015
Canon EOS 450D DSLR; 50mm lens





The crescent Moon and Venus two days after the solar eclipse of 20th March 2015






Different orientation ...   





Just as with the solar eclipse I used my Canon EOS 450D with a 300mm lens.







Venus in 2012


24.03.12  18:14 UTC
C14 @ F11;  PGR Flea 3 CCD
Schuler Astrodon UV filter





24.03.12  17:54 UTC
C14 with x2.5 power mate @ f/27;  PGR Flea 3 CCD
Baader IR > 742 nm filter



11.03.12  18:27 UTC
C14 @ F11;  PGR Flea 3 CCD
Schuler Astrodon UV filter






11.03.12  18:16 UTC
C14 with x2.5 power mate @ f/27;  PGR Flea 3 CCD
Baader IR > 742 nm filter



11.02.12  18:14 UTC
C14 with x2.5 power mate @ f/27;  PGR Flea 3 CCD
Baader IR > 742 nm filter





Venus in 2009



                            21.2.09





Centred on 16:27 UT. C14 @ F28; SKYnyx 2-0M CCD
Baader IR >742nm filter;  phase = 25.6%; ang. diam. = 40.22"; seeing = turbulent


7.2.09

Centred on 16:25 UT. C14 @ F11; SKYnyx 2-0M CCD;
Schuler UV filter; phase = 36.7%; ang. diam. =32.66";
seeing = turbulent.

7.2.09

Centred on 17:29 UT. C14 @ F28; SKYnyx 2-0M CCD;
Baader IR >742nm filter; phase = 36.7%; ang. diam. = 32.68";
seeing = turbulent.




   28.12.08

Centred on 16:37 UT. C14 @ F28; SKYnyx 2-0M CCD;
Baader IR >742nm filter; phase = 59.2%; ang. diam. = 20.54";
seeing = turbulent.






Venus in 2007

5.10.07

Left: R filtered image; 05:31 UT; C14 @ F28; SKYnyx 2-0M camera
Right: Schuler UV filter; 05:45 UT; C14 @ F28; SKYnyx 2-0M camera

4.8.07
Centred on 16:08 UT. 30cm Meade LX200 SCT @ F25; Lu075M CCD stack of 2649
exposures; Trutech R filter; Baader UV/IR blocker; phase = 6.4%; ang. diam. = 53.0";
seeing = calmer spells amongst much turbulence on very warm afternoon.


18.7.07

Centred on 19:11 UT. 20cm Meade LX200 SCT @ F40; Lu075M CCD stack of 2453 x 4ms
exposures; Trutek R filter; phase = 21%; angular diameter = 41.2"; altitude = 19 deg.;
seeing = turbulent.



12.6.07

20cm Meade LX200 SCT @ F25; Lu075M CCD; phase = 47.6%; angular diameter = 24.6".
Schuler U.V. filter.





10.6.07

Phase = 48.8%; angular diameter = 24.0".
Left: 30cm Meade LX200 SCT @ F25; Lu075M CCD stack of 6380  0.05s exposures; Schuler U.V. filter.
Right: 30cm Meade LX200 SCT @ F40 stack of 1758 0.05s exposures; Trutech R filter.




   9.6.07

Phase = 49.3%; angular diameter = 23.7".
30cm Meade LX200 SCT @ F25; Lu075M CCD stack of 5000 images; Schuler U.V. filter.






  4.6.07

20cm Meade LX200 SCT @ F40; Lu075M CCD stack of 8736 exposures;
Schuler U.V. filter; phase = 52.1%; angular diameter = 22.4".


4.6.07  

20cm Meade LX200 SCT @ F40; Lu075M CCD; Trutech R filter
Left: 950 stack.   Middle: 6140 stack.  Right: 6140 stack deliberately over-processed to make rare cloud
details more apparent.



2.6.07

49cm Newtonian Reflector @ F18.6; Lu075M CCD 1600 image stack; Schuler U.V. filter.
Phase = 53.2%; angular diameter = 22.0".



1.6.07

49cm Newtonian Reflector @ F18.6; Lu075M CCD 1976 image stack; Schuler U.V. filter.
Phase = 53.7%; angular diameter = 21.7".



      24.5.07

20cm Meade LX200 SCT @ F40; Lu075M CCD; phase = 57.8%; angular diameter = 20.0".

Left: stack of 1182 exposures; Trutech R filter
Right: stack of 4800 exposures; Schuler U.V. filter




3.5.07  18:47 - 19:03 U.T.

30cm Meade LX200 SCT @ F40; Lu075M CCD stack of 2328  0.13s exposures; Schuler U.V. filter.
Altitude = 38 deg.; phase = 67.2%; angular diameter = 16.75".


3.5.07

30cm Meade LX200 SCT @ F25; Lu075M CCD stack of 7541  0.06s exposures; Schuler U.V. filter.



2.5.07

Left: Venus through R filter plus IR/UV blocker: stack of 639 images, 0.02s exp.
Right: Venus through Schuler U.V. filter: stack of 5208 images, 0.13s exposures.
30cm Meade LX200 SCT @ F40; Lu075M CCD
Altitude = 33 deg.; phase = 67.6%; angular diameter = 16.63".



30.4.07

Phase = 68.4%; angular diameter = 16.4".
30cm Meade LX200 SCT @ F25; Lu075M CCD stack of 9081  0.06s exposures; Schuler U.V. filter.



19.4.07

Phase = 72.6%; angular diameter = 15.2".
20cm Meade LX200 SCT @ F25; Lu075M CCD stack of 8872 exposures; Schuler U.V. filter.




18.4.07

Phase = 72.9%; angular diameter = 15.1".
20cm Meade LX200 SCT @ F25; Lu075M CCD; Schuler U.V. filter.


10.4.07
Phase = 75.7%; angular diameter = 14.4".
Baader U filter; 20cm Meade LX200 SCT @ F25; Lu075M CCD



 9.4.07

Phase = 76.0%; angular diameter = 14.3".
Baader U filter; 20cm Meade LX200 SCT @ F25; Lu075M CCD






Mercury and Venus in close conjunction

27.6.05  18:34 UT
This close conjunction of Mercury and Venus
placed both planets easily within the same
high power field of view in my 20cm Meade!
A tricky picture to capture! The seeing was poor and
it was taken in broad daylight with the Sun shining.
The planets were only 4.3' apart. Mercury's tiny disk
was only 6.5" in diameter (phase 63%) and Venus 10.8"
(phase 92%). Mercury was 3.6 magnitudes fainter than
Venus which made simultaneously imaging both without
saturating the Venus image rather difficult! The image is
a stack of 14 x 0.05s exposures taken with an SXV-H9
CCD on my 20cm Meade LX200 SCT @ F25. I used an
IR blocker and Baader Solar Continuum filter.


Venus makes its first transit across the face of the Sun since December 1882...
Transit of Venus 8.6.04 in H-alpha light 05:39 UTC
SXV-H9 CCD 8 x 0.003s expsoures with Coronado SM-40 filter on Orion 90mm f=500mm refractor

 
A stack of  6 x 0.002s exposures taken with SXV-H9 CCD using Solar Max 40 H-Alpha Filter on Orion 90 refractor.

In the days before the transit, images of Venus were obtained in brilliant sunshine using
a Philips ToUcam web cam on my 30cm Meade LX200 using a Tele Vue 2.5x
Powermate:
          
                                                                                                           3.5.04



2.4.04
Venus in close conjunction with M45 'The Pleiades' open star cluster. Elitechrome 200 film;
OM2N SLR with 50mm lens.


Drawings of Venus made (mainly with 0.5m Newtonian) on:
3/2/96; 10/3/96; 1/4/96; 13/4/96; 28/4/96; 20/5/96; 2/6/96.