Tuesday, November 01, 2005
Venus and Mars were all right last night
I also got a reasonable image of Venus as well, the image here is a time series showing Venus increasing in size and decreasing in phase. If all goes well I might be able to get the crescent phases of Venus. That would be something. I probably should get a wratten violet filter and go cloud hunting.
Oh, the "reasonable" image is a good deal more than reasonable. Good luck on the crescent, I'll be looking for it.
The turbulence is really annoying, but with piles fo hot air coming from the desert I think I have to live with it. In the raw AVI's you can see Venus hopping around like a blob of molten metal. I'm going to have a go at Mercury at greatest elongation, bet that will bounce around a bit.
The parfocal ring would be a good idea, but when my web cam was focussed, the eye piece ends have to be about half an inch from the eye piece tube to be in focus. But then, I have an old barlow tube, which I might be able to rig up so they are in focus.