Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Random Pictures

Here are some random pictures from the last couple of weeks: The scenery pics are of the Saint Laurence River, west of Riviere du Loup, QC on the morning of Jan 15/11. There is a picture of our frog kermit with crickets all around and on top of him. There is a picture of Orion over our house on the evening of Jan17/11 and there is one picture of Venus on the morning of Jan17/11 over a radio tower at Peterville Hill, NB.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Videos and Pictures from Jan5 Observing

Observing Report for Jan 5/11

LOCATION: Saints Rest Beach, NB

DATE: January 5/2011 from 0450-0730hrs

WEATHER: -15 Degrees Celsius light wind, clear.

EQUIPMENT: Kodak Digital Camera mounted to a 150mm reflector telescope with 32mm and 16mm eyepieces mounted on an EQ 3.

OBSERVING REPORT: Upon arriving at the beach, Venus stood out like an oncoming Plane. It was extremely bright and was a third of the way up in the sky in the SE. Antares was visible below it, but Mercury didn't come up, farther to the east until after 0600.

After looking to the North for the Big Dipper for about an hour and not finding it, I actually noticed it by accident straight up while looking for shooting stars. That is the highest Ive ever noticed the Big Dipper.

There was the Quadrantid meteor shower on this night, and I observed two shooting stars. The first one shortly after arrival in the south and one an hour later to the north east.

Venus was in the waxing crescent phase, which explains the shape of the planet when resolved in the scope.

When Mercury finally raised after 0600, just before first light, it had a reddish hue to it and appeared very faint compared to Venus. A star chart was consulted to distinguish Antares from Mercury.

As a side note, there was a large German Shepard that ran past at around 0615.

There was a noticeable lack of obvious constellations during this time, the Big Dipper being the only one that really stood out.

Saturn was much farther from Venus than expected. It was almost due south just north of Spica and didn't stand out at all.


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