Twelve Hours

6:00 am. Venus rising in the dark at dawn.

Glenda looking cool on top of an armario at noon.

Sasha napping at noon in the new hammock that replaced one of the worn-out burlap hammocks.

6:00 pm Saturn and Jupiter closing in on each other.

A closer view of Saturn and Jupiter at 6:00 pm. The lights coming off at an angle from Jupiter might be a few of its 79 moons.

Closer and Closer

Saturn and Jupiter on December 7th.

I wanted to photograph Saturn and Jupiter every night in December, but so far between cloudy skies and getting out too late because I was doing other things and missed the narrow window between when it’s dark enough to see them and when they disappear behind the trees, I photographed them on the 7th, 8th, 12th, 13th, and 15th. Five out of 15 nights is not my best, not my best at all. They are converging, and currently, the forecast is for clear skies on Monday when Saturn and Jupiter conjoin. I’ll see if the forecast is correct, and I’m planning on photographing them every night for the next six nights.

Saturn and Jupiter on December 8th. Saturn and Jupiter in the trees on December 12th.Saturn and Jupiter on December 13th. Saturn and Jupiter on December 15th.

 

Western Skies with Neowise

Tristan texted Laurie last night that she could see Neowise in the western sky. We went out to look, but we could not see it. I got the binoculars, and Laurie finally found it. It showed up very well in the binoculars. Tristan said it was directly below the bottom star in the big dipper. The comet makes up the apex on an equilateral triangle with two stars from Ursula Major, I believe. You can read more about how to see Neowise at https://www.nasa.gov/feature/how-to-see-comet-neowise/

I dragged out a tripod, got focused on the Big Dipper, turned off autofocus, pointed my leans in the general direction of the comet, and check shots until I saw it on the screen. There were clouds in the eastern skies that were reflecting the city’s light making it so we could not see the comet with our naked eyes. After we found where the comet was, focusing on it was a real challenge. I can’t simply set the lens on infinity and shoot like I could with the old manual focus lenses. These photos give you a decent idea of what it looked like.

Night Clouds

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From left to right: Resa’s tree, Robin’s tree, unclaimed trees and Susan’s tree.

As Suzette was leaving after having black eyed peas for new year’s, she texted me that the clouds looked really cool behind the trees. I ran out and took photos. A third moon was hanging in the western sky.

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Orion’s Belt at that top of the photo.

On The Brink

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Last Friday night we went to the San Diego Maritime Museum. They have a Soviet Foxtrot B-39 diesel-electric attack submarine on display in the harbor. There were videos about the Cuban Missle Crises, with details of what went on in the submarine from Soviet archives that were uncovered in a meeting in Cuba in 2002. The submarine is 300 feet long. We entered at the front torpedo tubes, and as we walked back towards the “After Torpedo Room” to the exit, the submarine went on and on and on.

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View climbing up from the After Torpedo Room.