Date Time: April 13, 2016 2100-2110hrs
Weather: Clear, breezy, 4C with windchill of 0C
Equipment: Canon Rebel Xsi with 75-300mm lens on tripod.
Objective: To view and image Mercury which was suppose to be low in the West just after sundown.
- Mercury was spotted easily, just above the paper mill, looking west, in the dusk twilight just after 2100hrs. It showed up as an 'un-twinkling star', above the smoke from the factory.
- After viewing and imaging Mercury, noticed a bright 'star' moving across the Northern sky. Took a 5 second image of it as it faded in the NE. Confirmed on Heavens-above.com that its indeed the International Space Station. According to the website and partially confirmed by my observation, the orbiting space station was suppose to make a long pass over our location from 2100-2106hrs. It was just going out of sight as the camera started taking the image.
- Orion is now sitting low in the SW just after sundown. It's brightest stars were just barely visible.
- A first Quarter Moon was in Gemini.
- Jupiter was shinning very bright in the SSE, fairly high up.
|ISO 400, Shutter speed 1 second, F/5, Focal Length 170mm.|
|ISO 400, Shutter speed 5 seconds, F/4.5, Focal Length 75mm.|