October 11, 2013


Jupiter shines birght in the constellation Gemini, rising around mid-night this month. Observing the phenomena of Jovian Satellites is always fun. On 14th October after mid-night at 1:30 am IST (20:00 UST) two of the Galilen Satellites, Ganymede and Europa will be seen just 3.6 arc seconds apart. Both shining around magnitude 5.5 will be eclipsed one by one by Jupiter’s shadow. In telescopes with high magnification power they will seem to be disappear one by one.

The eclipse of Ganymede will occur first at 2:00 am IST (20:30 UST). At this time Ganymede will be disappeared from the view and only Eurpoa will be visible. At 3:40 am IST Eurpoa will also be eclipsed. Ganymede will reappear at 5:00 am IST. 

October 9, 2013

Crescent Moon & Venus

A conjunction of Crescent Moon and Venus in the evening sky during October 8th 2013. I captured this scene using my Canon EOS 550D with a Canon 50mm f/1.8 lens. 

August 18, 2013

Nova Delphini 2013

Date: 17-8-2013
Canon 550D + Canon 50mm f/1.8 
F/2.2, ISO 400, Exp. 8 sec

7 raws + 10 darks

June 26, 2013

June 2013's Super Moon !

The full moon of June, 2013 appeared 7% larger than normal full moon. It was nice opportunity to click the moon and outing with the local astronomy enthusiasts before the monsoon clouds cover the entire sky for three months! For this image I took two shots with different exposure values to get the detailed lunar disc with foreground buildings. I blended the two images in Photoshop CS5. I used my Canon DSLR and a Tamron 70-300 VC lens for zoomed view. 

May 22, 2013


The planets Jupiter, Venus and Mercury putting a good show in the evening western sky. They'll appear closest together in a tight little triangle, 2° on a side, next Sunday the 26th. Below are the pictures generated from Starry Night showing the planet’s position in the sky. 

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May 28th 2013

Wishing you all a clear sky...!
Rahul Zota

May 10, 2013

Omega Centauri (NGC 5139)

A swarming of about 10 million stars, located some 16000 light years from earth. The dark sky is required to glimpse the cluster with the eye alone, but a telescope reveals a glorious cluster of densely packed suns!

For this image I used my Canon DSLR + Skywatcher 4" refractor + EQ5 Single Motor near Bhuj, India.

30 Jpeg x 45 seconds @ ISO 800
10 Darks
Stacked in Deep Sky Stacker and Processed in Photoshop CS5

May 1, 2013

Saturn @ Opposition

The ringed planet shone at magnitude +0.7 and its angular size was around 19" providing a better view through telescopes. Yesterday night before taking the video of Saturn I made observation using my 10-inch Dobsonian Telescope and I could easily see its Five bright Moons.

For this image, I shot a video using my Canon EOS 550D @ Crop Video Mode attached to the 10-inch, f/4.7 Dobsonian Telescope. I then stacked the video in Registax 6 and post processed in Photoshop CS5.

March 15, 2013

Comet C/2011 L4 Panstarrs, Seen and Imaged!!

Finally after a long and hectic wait I was able to spot and photographed the comet C/2011 L4 Panstarrs in the bright evening sky shortly after sunset. I first spotted the comet through my 10x50 Olympus Binoculars and then captured in my camera. It was a few degree west of the Crescent Moon.

Canon 550D + Tamron 70-300 VC Lens @ 175mm

Panstarrs Above City Lights!

Canon 50D + Tamron 70-300 VC @ 70mm

January 5, 2013

VY Canos Majoris

VY Canis Major marked with  arrow

vy canis majoris finder chart

Can you see that red dot near the center of this image? It's a star, very faint and requires at least a binocular to glimpse it! Actually the star is known as VY Canis Majoris and is the largest known star in the sky!! How large it is? Well, to get idea how large this star is, watch this video...

Image taken on 3rd January 2013 using the canon 550D + 55-250mm lens + eq5 mount