Friday, January 20, 2012

Winter Observing from Saints Rest Beach

Date: January 19, 2012 2310hrs to 2350hrs

Location: Saints Rest Beach, Saint John, NB

Weather: -10 Degrees Celsius, strong wind coming off the Bay of Fundy, almost completely clear except for a couple of very high small, light clouds.

Equipment: Cannon Rebel DSLR on tripod.

Objective: To image Mars and Jupiter. At observing time, Jupiter was less than halfway up in the sky in the west and Mars was lower in the East.

Notes:  The red line in two of the images are different airplanes.  These images were all time elapsed, so instead of just a red dot appearing, the plane shows up as a long red streak.

Jupiter in the western sky.  20 second time exposure, 1600 ISO

Mars over Saint John, NB

Mars under the constellation Leo

Ship behind island on the Bay of Fundy looking straight out onto bay from the beach.  The two lights on the horizon are lighthouses on the coast of Nova Scotia.

Ship on the Bay Fundy under the stars.  Picture is taken facing to the south.

Cassiopeia and the Andromeda Galaxy(M31).

Orion The Hunter

Taurus The Bull and Pleiades (M45)

Big Dipper Standing on End over Saint John, through the city lights.  30 sec time exposure, 1600 ISO

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Search for Mercury Clouded Out Jan4/12 0530hrs to 0900hrs

Saints Rest Beach, -27 Degrees Air Temp Steam coming off of Bay of Fundy

Crow Looking for Breakfast

This picture is facing SE where Mercury is suppose to be, just before sun-up.  The low level cloud was the only cloud in the Sky and it stretched along the horizon from the East(Left of the lights) all the way to the south(out of the picture on the right)

Observing Pics

Bright 'star' in lower middle left is Mars. Image taken Jan 4/12 at 0545hrs at Saints Rest Beach, Saint John, NB. The red streaks are either the Northern Lights or lights from the City of Saint John.


Bright 'star' in middle to the right is Saturn. Image taken Jan 4/12 at 0620hrs



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