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!
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