Date Time: October 9, 2015 0520-0725hrs AST
Weather: Frost, -1C, no wind and some clouds.
Attendance: Ed O and David M.
Equipment: Canon Rebel Xsi and 18-55mm lens on Tripod.
Objective: To view and image morning conjunction of Venus, Moon, Mars, Jupiter and Mercury that was suppose to be in the Eastern sky before sun-up.
- Before first light, low in the East a Waning Crescent Moon was south of Leo, amongst Venus, Mars and Jupiter.
- Images of the Northern sky were taken to capture Aurora activity. No Aurora activity captured during observing period.
- M31 observed naked eye in the North West also imaged.
- Big Dipper was standing on its handle in the North East.
- First light was just after 0630hrs.
- Mercury made its first appearance around 0650hrs. Showed up as a non twinkling star, between some clouds and amongst trees and power lines. Was not easy to see.
- I seen a slow moving, faint shooting star moving from the Orion(SE) direction through Leo(E).
- Eds' observations by naked eye: M42, Perseus Double Cluster(particularly bright!), Pleiades M45, a Draconid Meteor, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Mercury, Regulus, and a Crescent Moon with Earthshine.
- One shooting star observed by each of us separately, several satellites observed.