Venus and the Sisters-Pictures

   It never fails! Whenever I start making plans for taking out the telescope, or for taking some night pictures, the weather goes in the opposite direction. So after a couple of nights of cloudy skies last night the skies were clear (after some cirrus clouds threatened to eclipse the sky early in the afternoon), so I set up my camera for some pictures of Venus near the open star cluster, the Pleiades. I am using a new camera control software called Helicon Remote on my Kindle HDX tablet. I also use their PC version on my laptop. Both programs allow me to see a live view of the scene, and to adjust my camera settings, including focus, remotely. My camera is not WiFi equipped so I connect with a USB cable.
   Here are two of my attempts. The first taken at 7:45 pm CDT while the twilight sky was not yet dark. The picture was taken with the following settings: f/5.6; 1 sec.; ISO-6400; 135mm. This one taken at 7:55 pm CDT using these settings: f/5.6; 1 sec.; ISO-3200; 190mm.

   Weather forecast this evening? Cloudy and rain – of course!

Caution: Objects viewed with an optical aid are further than they appear.
Click here to go to the Qué tal in the Current Skies web site for more observing information for this month.

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