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Eagle Creek Observatory
"Teaching young minds about the heavens"
The Heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge.
Psalm 19:1-2

Venus and M45, The Pleiades
A single 15 second exposure, unguided on a tripod, between the clouds. It was only about 20 degrees above the horizon so you can see the "glow" of the sunset. Image taken Saturday, April 3, 2004.
Venus 05/02/2004
Ten 1/90 second exposures stacked. Taken Sunday evening 05/02/2004
Venus 05/18/2004
Six 1/60 second exposures stacked with poor seeing. Notice the difference of a couple of weeks in the size of the crescent. Taken Sunday evening 05/18/2004
Venus in daylight!
Venus during the day! The contrast is extremely poor due to the high brightness of the background sky as compared to the brightness of Venus. Five 1/125 second exposures.
Venus Transit 2012!
Venus Transit of the Sun through the clouds! June 5, 2012, 19:10 CDT.
This won't happen again until 2117.
Single 1/1500th second exposure, Canon 10D, Badder Solar Film.

Venus and the Crescent Moon

Mars, July 21, 2003
Prime Focus
with modified X-10 camera
Meade LX-90 Scope
Mars, July 21, 2003
26 stacked ISO 200 Dimage 7i
Meade LX-90 Scope
Scopetronix MaxView 40 eyepiece
Mars Mars
Mars was only about 25 degrees above the horizon so seeing wasn't great.

Mars, August 1, 2003
10 stacked ISO 200 Dimage 7i
Meade LX-90 with Scope Scopetronix MaxView 40 eyepiece

a bit too much magnification for conditions

Saturn, January 2003
16 stacked ISO 200
Meade LX-90
Same image of Saturn (left)
re-processed by Marc Paradis
Thanks Marc!
Saturn Reprocessed!
Click on the Saturn images for a larger view.


Last Update 06/05/2012
2001-2012 Kevin Muenzler, Eagle Creek Observatory.