Here is my first post on my wordpress blog.
With clear and clean skies,I decided to bring my scope out for a breath of fresh air last night.It isn’t very often that I have the scope out on a work night but,I figured what the heck?.The local weather forecast doesn’t sound very inviting for the coming weekend so,I felt that getting in some scope time would be a good idea….even if was only for a hour.I didn’t set the scope up in the usual place this time.The reason for this was because I wanted to get a shot of Venus and their is a large building in the way at my normal observing location.The plan was to get some quick images and call it a night so,I decided to forgo the leveling and the pain staking alignment.I don’t know what I did right but,I used autostar to slew to Venus and it was dead center of the eyepiece?!…..go figure!.At that point I decided to use the LPI instead of the DSLR for the imaging.All was going great until my lovely neighbors felt that 9pm was a good time to burn some brush,which filled my observing area with dence smoke at which I called it a night and packed up.
Not a very nice place to visit.Venus is the second closest planet to the sun and is a prime example of Global warming running amuck due to a thick layer of carbon dioxide clouds.With a surface temperature at times approaching 800 degrees F (hot enough to melt lead!)and a surface pressure 90 times that of Earth making Venus a unlikely candidate for human habitation.