Convergence: Venus, the Moon and Jupiter, February 25, 2012

I walked into the backyard this evening and was surprised by a fairly nice astro-convergence happening tonight. A waxing moon formed a triangle with Venus to the lower left, and Jupiter to the upper left.

I took a few quick pictures off my back porch. Didn’t have time to do anything to fancy.

Here’s my favorite. Scroll down to see the whole thing.

Tech Notes: Taken on my Nikon D700 with a Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 at about 70mm to get …

Astrophotography: Moon-Venus-Jupiter Convergence – December 1st

The skies Monday night were clear as could be for the convergence of the three brightest objects in the night sky, the Moon, Venus and Jupiter.

That’s Venus at six o’clock and Jupiter at four o’clock. Obviously, the Moon is at eleven o’clock.

I shot in a part of my Cedar Park subdivision that is only partially developed. Here are some more pictures.

The crescent Moon is coming through as a circle because it is so much brighter than everything …

Astrophotography: Venus-Jupiter Convergence – November 30th

For those that don’t know, there is an interesting convergence of celestial objects occurring right now. The two brightest planets, Venus and Jupiter, have been moving closer and closer together over the last few weeks. Tonight and tomorrow night, they are only two degrees apart.

It was a tough night for astrophotography. The convergence occurs just after sundown, and only lasts two or three hours each night before it sets. As the sun was going down here in Austin, the …

Astrophotography: Venus-Jupiter Convergence

If you’ve been watching the skies for the last few weeks, you’ve seen an interesting show just after sunset. The two brightest stars in our sky, Venus and Jupiter, have been getting closer and closer.

The highlight will be December 1st when a waxing crescent moon joins the show.

I’ll be shooting both November 30th and December 1st, but I wanted to do a dry run tonight. Lots of digital noise given that the ISO was so high, but not …