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Celestron
14th of November 2008 (Fri), 01:03
Hey everyone , wan to get some great sunset images ? December 1st , 2008 after 6:30pm on the western horizon the Moon , Jupiter & Venus will make a triangle in the western sky . Find a good spot and hopefully it will be a clear horizon . You may want to do some test shots the night before of the horizon . Use your timer and a tripod with a wide-angle lens around 18-40mm . Do some trial and error shots readjusting the f/stop if you shoot manual mode . I've had some great shots before using the night mode /no flash . Just push the shutter button and it will stop when it thinks it has absorbed enough own it's own . I've posted a sky map for Dec 1st and an example of a horizon shot i'm talking about . If you feel excited to do this then post your results in the regular astronomy section . Good luck and clear skies !!!

Adrena1in
14th of November 2008 (Fri), 08:03
Nice one, I've also just posted a thread about the moon, Jupiter and Venus being close together, when I heard about it on another thread. I thought I'd suggest a challenge to see who can shoot the best shot of the event. Now we know what time it's going to happen, so thanks for that.

Sorarse
14th of November 2008 (Fri), 08:37
As an aside, can I ask Celestron what program you are using to get that skyview prediction?

Thanks.

FarmerDave8N
14th of November 2008 (Fri), 08:55
That looks like Cartes du Ciel - not sure if it's 2.76 or the version 3 Beta - if you want to grab it, version 3 is pretty stable.

Here's a good run-down of various planetarium software (http://uncle-rods.blogspot.com/2008/11/silicon-sky-part-i-planetariums-for-pcs.html) from amateur astronomer and author Rod Mollise.

He glossed over the WorldWide Telescope (http://www.worldwidetelescope.org/Home.aspx) from Microsoft Research - it's great iff you're connected to the internet - and free.

David

Adrena1in
14th of November 2008 (Fri), 09:03
I've just realised, the software that came with my Meade DSI can do that sort of Planetarium stuff. I ought to try it.

Celestron
14th of November 2008 (Fri), 09:51
As an aside, can I ask Celestron what program you are using to get that skyview prediction?

Thanks.

David was correct in saying it was Cartes du Ceil (http://www.ap-i.net/skychart/index.php) program . It's probably the best free program out there and gives great sky print offs in color or b&w . You can also download extra things for it like more stars , extra galaxie locations , Milkyway . The only thing it will give you a realtime image of tho is just the moon and planets but not the Sun or nebulaes or galaxies . There are other programs that do give realtime images but they cost $$ and more than i care to pay for something i wont use that often . Also i never use the BETA programs , i always get the latest version which is 2.76 . I will be excited when the 3.0 BETA turns in to a final release tho !