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SKY-MAP.ORG / WIKISKY • View topic - Constellation and planet help!
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Constellation and planet help!

PostPosted: Thu Apr 05, 2007 7:43 am
by Hugeknot
Hello Newbie here.
I have to confess to being a complete beginner.
I took this picture of the Northern Lights last night:
http://www.musicollaborate.com/images/NL1.jpg

Location: Iceland
Time: 23.05
Direction: West - WNW

Can anyone help me identify the planet in the lower sky - is it venus or saturn? Also what is the constellation behind it?

Sorry, there is a lot of cloud, but a few stars are visable
Regards
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 05, 2007 8:12 am
by Tuguldur
Hello Hugeknot,

firstly, thanks for sharing, its a great picture! :P

That bright object is Venus, which is -3.9mag right now. Currently the Saturn is in the Leo Major constellation, and its not that bright as Venus, just a 0.24mag.

Wow Iceland...its great :P

All the best, Tuugii

PostPosted: Thu Apr 05, 2007 9:03 am
by Hugeknot
Hi Tuugii
Thanks for such a quick reply.
I have lots of northern lights pictures, so maybe I will post some more to find out what the stars are. It is a great way of learning.

Regards
Tony

PostPosted: Thu Apr 05, 2007 11:38 am
by Tuguldur
hi Tony,
its great that you have so many pix then, and it would be great if you share all of them with us :P !

In fact, I remember that Iceland is famous with its volcanoes and geizers. It should be very cold, though, as you can see the northern lights, is it?
Here in Mongolia, its very cold too, but unfortunately, I've never observed any any northern lights. :(

Tuugii

PostPosted: Thu Apr 05, 2007 9:05 pm
by Hugeknot
Mongolia, wow I would love to go there! Is it warm?

Yes Iceland is cold, it averages 0 in the long winter. Actually 0 degrees feels quite warm for me.

It doesn't have to be cold to see the northern lights, it is just that the atmosphere is thinner in very northern (and southern) places, and we only see it in winter months because it is light 24 hrs a day in the summer.

I took some pictures tonight as venus was setting. I will maybe be able to share them tommorow. For the first time, I managed to cath a shooting star - quite a big one too!

Until tommorow
Hugeknot

PostPosted: Thu Apr 05, 2007 9:44 pm
by Tuguldur
ah, great! I should visit Iceland to see the northern lights... :D

I've read in one observation note that some northern lights were visible from the very northern parts of Mongolia, sometime in late 1960s. I guess its, related to the solar activity or so?

I can't say that its warm or cold here, but its the extreme :) . The maximum heat in the mid Summer is about +38C(*beep* hot), and the minimum cold is in mid Winter is about -43C(freezing cold). Fortunately, the humidity is very low, so all these extremes are bearable. 8)

Wow meteor?! great, waiting for your post :P ;

Tuugii

PostPosted: Thu Apr 05, 2007 10:00 pm
by Parsec
Tuugii,

It is unfortunate you have never seen Northern lights. They can put on very nice display at times.

Perhaps you may have an opportunity in the near future to see them. The upcoming solar cycle has shown some signs it may be very active.

If this is the case, in the coming years you may have some spectacular shows of aura borealis in Mongolia.

Cheers
Ron

PostPosted: Fri Apr 06, 2007 1:10 pm
by Parsec
Hugeknot, Tuugii,

I'll just pass this quick note along.
We have a solar wind heading in our general direction. It should intersect with us April 9.
This coming Monday night keep a watch and you may get a nice display of northern lights.

Cheers
Ron

PostPosted: Fri Apr 06, 2007 10:01 pm
by Tuguldur
Parsec,

many thanks for the info :D ! But I'm not sure is it visible from Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia??... :?: I guess no.... :( but it can be observed easily from Iceland? though...

thanks for an advance, Tuugii

PostPosted: Sat Apr 07, 2007 10:37 am
by Hugeknot
Hey thanks for the Solar Wind forcast, Parsec. I will be hoping for good weather (here on earth). I saw the Aurora in the south of England in the middle of summer. It was very feint and I only saw it because I knew what to look for.

Anyway, here are some of the recent pics:
Venus setting with aurora -
http://www.musicollaborate.com/images/venus1.jpg

Meteor -
http://www.musicollaborate.com/images/meteor1.jpg

Sorry, the meteor one is a bit dark! The red light in the picture is due north.

My other northen lights pics can be found on my photography website:
http://icelandaurora.com/index.html

I will let you know about monday night.
Regards and happy Easter
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 07, 2007 2:23 pm
by Parsec
WOW! Hugeknot, absolutely beautiful pictures. You are very talented with a camera.

Cheers
Ron

PostPosted: Sat Apr 07, 2007 4:04 pm
by admin
Hugeknot,
Thank you for sharing your pictures with us.
It's absolutely beautiful!
I wish I could see Northern Lights with my own eyes...

PostPosted: Sat Apr 07, 2007 10:14 pm
by Tuguldur
Hugeknot,

!!!wow!!! :P :P :P Great shots man! Just awesome! I've never seen auroras by these scenes...and I've seen your other shots too, they're just great, and drives me to go to Iceland!

In fact, what equipment did you use?

Tuugii

PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2007 7:14 am
by Hugeknot
Thanks for your kind comments on my pictures!

The recent pictures were taken with a Fuji S9600. Unfortunately, this is not a very good night camera. I like to use my Olympus OM1 which is a very early SLR camera. It is completely mechanical, so it doesn't use batteries for the shutter. It is the perfect night sky camera. I use fuji Provia slide film.

Two other important pieces of equipment are tripod and cable release. There is a full article on my photography website about how to photograph the aurora.

If anyone fancies a trip to Iceland... now is a bit late as it is starting to stay light all night, but in the new season - September onwards, feel free to PM me.
Best regards
Tony

PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2007 9:59 am
by Tuguldur
Tony,

thanks for the info :D , I'm interested in your photo's exposure time and ISO of you film?
And your FujiS9600 is dslr or slr?

I would like to go to Iceland... :P ...but I need to collect some $$$ firstly, hehe. September, feels nice, I'll pm to you at that time.

Tuguldur