Flintstone Stargazing

January 24, 2008

Mercury Setting

Filed under: astronomy, Astrophotography, Mars, Mercury, Observation Journal, Planets — Tags: , — Ed @ 7:36 pm

Gibbous Mercury on 1/24/08

Mercury was very bright in the western sky and set not long after the Sun. I was able to get the scope out in time to be able to shoot this image of the gibbous disk of the planet.

Later on, I also took this image of Mars, which turned out to not have very much detail, unfortunately.

Mars on 1/24/08
Mars – slightly out of focus – on 1/24/08

Ultimately, while it was certainly very cold, it was the wind that finally made me go inside. It was too difficult to keep things in the viewfinder at high magnification. And it was very cold. So, so cold. Otherwise it was a nice night out.



  1. Does you imaging software have some feature where after you’ve stacked and color adjusted these images, you can super-impose a compass reading along the bottom of the frame and a pitch angle on the side? That would be cool to know where exactly you were looking when you imaged stuff. Also, a temperature/ humidity gauge along the side would be kinda interesting too. Just a thought.

    Comment by DWord — January 25, 2008 @ 10:58 am

  2. It is a shame that the best time for viewing is the coldest time of year.

    Comment by Phil — January 25, 2008 @ 11:36 am

  3. Thanks D – more stuff to keep track of … Actually, I’ve been thinking a bit about being more systematic with my observing – recording temperature, sky conditions, etc. In terms of where I was looking, the answer is up. 🙂 Generally, at least with deep sky stuff, it’s pretty much obvious where I was looking since sky charts don’t change often. As far as putting directional arrows on there, one of the issues I face is that the mirror can reverse images and it’s tough to know exactly which way is north/up etc.

    Phil – yup. And I’m not nearly as cold as you are – north Georgia has legal limits to how cold we allow it to get.

    Comment by Ed — January 25, 2008 @ 2:39 pm

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