Clusters and Planets: What You Can See in Night Skies

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Another series of great photoshoots was made by Belarusian astronomers in the beginning of June. Being lucky for a good weather and a cloudless sky the enthusiasts caught on their cameras a plenty of the objects including the planets of the Solar System as well as a far space objects.


A gorgeous and picturesque view of the three planets named after mighty Ancient Greek and Roman gods is definitely gives a thrill. An extremely rare event of Mars, Saturn and Jupiter showing themselves simultaneously on the clear night skies was shoot with the help of Canon EOS 5D Mark II camera and Sigma 15mm F2.8 EX DG diagonal fisheye lens. Nevertheless, the sky was so clear that the one could have seen them with a naked eye.

Mars, Saturn and Jupiter. CANON EOS 5D Mark-II / Sigma 15mm F2.8 EX DG DIAGONAL FISHEYE / Hama Traveller Compact Pro  ISO=1250 F/2.8 15s

Mars 4 July, 2016. SKY WATCHER BKР 2008 HEQ 5 SynScan PRO telescope, Canon 1100D photocamera, Barlow lens Sky Watcher ED Deluxe 2x, 2'' +  Barlow lens Vixen 2x-T adapter,  ISO - 800. Time exposure - 1/20. Combination of 443 photos in Registax 5.1, post-processing - Digital Photo Professional, XnView.

As the planets were showing their beauty another great point of interest were globular star clusters M3, M13 and M92 located in a deep space far away from our Solar System. Sky Watcher BKP 2008 HEQ5 SynScan telescope allowed to get a detailed picture of the clusters at a 44-fold magnification. The clusters’ look was truly impressive: a massive agglomerate of stars forming a giant star ball! The central part of the cluster was very saturated and bright and separate stars become visible when 100-fold magnified. The stars located in the center were the brightest in the constellation while smaller stars formed multiple separate star chains spreading around the star ball like beams.

Globular star cluster М 13 in Hercules constellation. 4.06.2016. SKY WATCHER BKP 2008 HEQ5 PRO SynScan telescope, Canon 1100D photo camera, direct focus, 30 sec time exposure, ISO - 3200. Combination of 15 photos in DeepSkyStacher, post processing in XnView, Digital Photo Professional.

Globular star cluster М 3 in Hercules constellation. 4.06.2016. SKY WATCHER BKP 2008 HEQ5 PRO SynScan telescope, Canon 1100D photo camera, direct focus, 30 sec time exposure, ISO - 3200. Combination of 15 photos in DeepSkyStacher, post processing in XnView, Digital Photo Professional.

Source: astrobel.ru

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