April 4, 2012

VENUS PAYS VISIT TO M45!



Planet Venus was just within 27' from Alcyone on the evening of 3rd April. I wanted to test my new Single Axis Motor for my EQ5 mount so I decided to photograph it. After roughly polar aligning the mount I switched on the hand pad controller and clicked on the camera. I set the exposure time to 20 seconds, ISO to 3200 and F/5.6. I used the 55-250mm IS telephoto zoom lens and Canon 550D body. I set the focal length to 250mm and started to take photographs of planet Venus. I took 18 JPEG images and then stacked them using the Deep Sky Stacker software. The stars showed no trails!

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