I had previously wrote about the events of the Venus Transit in Tupper Lake at the Adirondack Almanack. I really wanted a post about it here on my blog too, as not everyone that follows this blog also follows the Almanack.
The night of March 31st to the morning of April 1st I captured many images of the stars to make a time-lapse. I haven’t put one of these together since January, so I figured I’d have another go at it.
I set my camera up in my backyard next to my fence and had to aim over it along with the neighbors roof. Started capturing images around 8:30pm, and turned it off right before I headed to bed at around 3:30am. Each shot I took was at an exposure of 15seconds, ISO 400, and F3.1 with the intervalometer set to take a picture every 15 seconds. This is a bit different on how I usually do them, and I’m very pleased with how smooth it turned out.
Although the bright moon passes in my view, the video stars with Venus and Orion setting ends with Leo taking a nose dive towards the horizon. The bright orange “star” near the end, in Leo, is not a star, but is Mars.
The quality of the video is much better than the quality of this single frame youtube selected as the video image. So click play, select 720 or 1080, make full screen and enjoy 7 hours of star movement from the comfort of your computer chair in less than 30 seconds.
I leave this post with this video from Newsy talking about the Venus and Pleiades conjunction:
On March 11, 2012 I went out to get some images of the Venus and Jupiter conjunction. That was the last really good clear night that I had the chance to image it. Over the past few days from March 10-15 the two planets got closer and closer in the sky reaching a distance, from our view, of 3°. They remained at that distance for a few days, but now Jupiter is slowly getting lower in the West after sunset, and Venus is at it’s greatest elongation which means it’s as far away from the sun and as high in our sky as it’s going to get. Here are a few pictures I took on the 11th of the two planets.