First up was an Iridium Flare. These bright communication satellites only reflect sunlight for a few seconds at specific points in their low earth orbit (LEO). On Friday night 7:48pm we assembled the volunteers and visitors at our stargazing session together to witness the event.
|Faint Iridium Flare - thin white line, centre, amidst the clouds - Friday 9th Nov 2012|
Next was Uranus. I've been trying to get a shot of this dim planet for more than a month now but the sky was always too bright and cloudy. Towards the end of last Friday's session, attempted to locate it in a clear patch of sky near the zenith. A bit of a challenge as our right ascension coordinates on our 1980's Pentax telescope controller are no longer working accurately. However, I was able to locate it in the finder with the aid starry night software and Google Sky Map.
|Uranus - 9th Nov 2012 - Taken with Nikon D70s DSLR through 16" Cassegrain|
Several visitors patiently waited until the the end of the session to catch a glimpse of Jupiter around 10pm.
Afterwards, I swapped the eyepiece for a T-Adapter and took a few shots. It was hard to get a sharp focus due to Jupiter's low altitude at the time (around 20degrees). It was nice to see the four Galilean Moons flanking Jupiter, with two on each side.
|Jupiter - 9th Nov 2012 - taken using Nikon D70s DSLR through 6" refractor telescope.|
|Jupiter - 9th Nov - taken with Nikon D70s camera using 2x Barlow lens through 16" Cassegrain telescope.|
At 5:30am (Sat 10th Nov) I was ready outside with my camera, tripod and the mosquitoes.
It took about 4 mins for the space station to go from SW to NNE, however I kept my exposures to 30 seconds as I was worried the background sky would become too bright if I'd opened to shutter for longer.
|ISS travelling between constellations Canis Major (above) & Orion (below), towards Canis Minor (top).|
Fully awake with a bunch of bright objects in the sky, I continued to take more photos for the next few hours.
|Jupiter (bright object at the bottom) with Orion (centre), Sirius (top left) and Procyon (Canis Minor, top right)|
|Moon (top) and Venus (below) - 6:20am Sat 10th November - Singapore|
|Waning Crescent Moon|
Finally, sunrise came and as I leave near Changi Airport, I also got a shot of some planes before the sun came up.
|Out of focus "Solar Pillar" phenomenon before sunrise 6:40am Sat 10th November|
|Plane landing at sunrise 6:50am|
|The Sun - shortly after sunrise - 7:20am Sat 10th Nov|