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Second attempt at the conjunction...
Posted by: DP
Date: December 22, 2020 09:10PM
Meh..

Sunday night sky cleared off for a little bit but the planets were very low by then and the thickness of the atmosphere plus the bright waxing Moon was making itself known. Got this but it was the best I could do:



The Moon is still nice:



And that Little Red Planet is up there too:



Forecast is for some precip over the next few days so it looks like it'll be the weekend before there's even a chance of getting a few more shots.

Oh, well, guess I'll have to wait for 800 more years...





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Re: Second attempt at the conjunction...
Posted by: vision63
Date: December 22, 2020 09:32PM
You did good. All I got was a rock.
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Re: Second attempt at the conjunction...
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: December 22, 2020 09:44PM
....conjunction......junction....what's your function......????



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Re: Second attempt at the conjunction...
Posted by: davester
Date: December 22, 2020 10:25PM
That's pretty darn nice and way better than my view with 7x30 binoculars. What were you viewing through?



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Re: Second attempt at the conjunction...
Posted by: abevilac
Date: December 22, 2020 10:52PM
Love that moon shot
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Re: Second attempt at the conjunction...
Posted by: Rolando
Date: December 23, 2020 12:04AM
I was wondering if any of the Canon SX users were going to post! Thanks!



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Re: Second attempt at the conjunction...
Posted by: pdq
Date: December 23, 2020 06:16AM
Even got three of the Galilean moons in there.

Actually fantastic, DP.
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Re: Second attempt at the conjunction...
Posted by: DP
Date: December 23, 2020 06:19AM
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Rolando
I was wondering if any of the Canon SX users were going to post! Thanks!

Thx, all. I did post the first attempt on the 18th, R!

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And I'm still going to make more attempts if the weather cooperates. I know it's not Hubble quality but I'm still impressed the SX60 will resolve the separation of the rings from the planetary body of Saturn, especially when I cropped as much as I did...





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Re: Second attempt at the conjunction...
Posted by: Lew Zealand
Date: December 23, 2020 11:35AM
DP, those are great!

You can see the Galilean moons in 7x binoculars and they're so bright that you could see them at a dark sky site with the naked eye, if Jupiter wasn't so blasted bright washing them away.

You can start to discern that Saturn has "ears" in 15x binoculars (or if you have a low power scope, I have one that does 15x).

Seeing as the SX60 goes to 65x, which is low to mid power for a telescope, the biggest compromise would be image stabilization and then optical quality. Clearly it does those well enough to get decent pics!

While those used to microscope magnifications may be surprised, telescopes usually only top out at ~200x useful magnification because the atmosphere where most people live starts getting in the way, and the telescope becomes rather large for affordability (making a sensibly perfect large lens/mirror and mounting it stably enough to avoid the shakes).
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Re: Second attempt at the conjunction...
Posted by: freeradical
Date: December 24, 2020 02:48AM
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Lew Zealand
DP, those are great!

You can see the Galilean moons in 7x binoculars and they're so bright that you could see them at a dark sky site with the naked eye, if Jupiter wasn't so blasted bright washing them away.

You can start to discern that Saturn has "ears" in 15x binoculars (or if you have a low power scope, I have one that does 15x).

Seeing as the SX60 goes to 65x, which is low to mid power for a telescope, the biggest compromise would be image stabilization and then optical quality. Clearly it does those well enough to get decent pics!

While those used to microscope magnifications may be surprised, telescopes usually only top out at ~200x useful magnification because the atmosphere where most people live starts getting in the way, and the telescope becomes rather large for affordability (making a sensibly perfect large lens/mirror and mounting it stably enough to avoid the shakes).

Yeah, high magnification is kinda meh for most observers. People pay the big bucks for 2" telescope eyepieces with long focal lengths and super wide apparent fields of view to get those glorious true wide fields of view. Some of those eyepieces cost more than most people spend on a complete telescope system. It's crazy really.

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