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Wednesday, January 14th, 2009
 Venus through a light fog.   Actually, the fog may have helped in this case.   Venus is so bright it overwhelms the webcam.   In order to get any kind of a clean image, I have to attach a moon filter to the camera.   I am disappointed I wasn't able to capture any detail in the clouds, but maybe if I can catch it in early twilight, I can improve the result.
 
On the other hand, I was grateful for the ability to see anything in the sky through the fog.   Maybe "stargazing" is the wrong word for the Northwest in the winter.......how about moongazing......brightplanetgazing?
 
* Double-click the large picture for a cleaner image 


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Comments:
On 01/15/09 at 12:27am Barry wrote:
Thanks, Neil.
Been there, done that. LOL Seriously though, I know it's frustrating. I have been waiting patiently (well, maybe not so patiently) to get some views of M42 with my new Oxygen III filter......but there is no point bothering. Not only do I have the lights of Portland to the South, but now it's foggy on top of it. So unless someone comes up with a fog filter..............

This shot was slightly over 1000 frames at 15 frames per second. 574 frames aligned and stacked in Registax. I am going to run it through a couple more times to see if I can improve it a little, but I think this is about the best I'm going to get.

Venus isn't too exciting......but tonight, it was that or nothing.

On 01/15/09 at 12:13am Neil Heacock wrote:
Wow Barry, that looks fantastic! How many frames would you say you took to stack this image?

I have yet to get out myself. I may post an entry about my misery last night. In a nutshell, I began setting up before the fog rolled in and by the time I was ready the fog was so thick I immediately packed everything back up again! Ugh...

-Neil



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