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Venus & Jupiter Conjunction

30th June 2015

On Tuesday 30th June 2015, several members of CMHASD, along with some friends, gathered at the pavilion to witness the conjunction of Venus & Jupiter and what a night!

It started out as a lovely, warm & clear summer evening and members took the opportunity to first view and photograph a spectacular sunset, followed by a 98% illuminated moon, looking particularly large and stunning in the bright sky.

As we then moved into twilight, Venus began to appear in the sky, followed by Jupiter, for members to view & image, much to their delight, as there was some worry about the clouds that had started appearing in the west & north regions of the sky at about 8.30pm obscuring our view where we were hoping to see the conjunction.

Many members had their telescopes with them and so it was a very good opportunity to look through a variety of telescopes at the Moon, a crescent shape Venus, then Jupiter when it appeared with the four moons - Ganymede, Io, Europa & Callisto. Then to top it off - Saturn appeared in the sky!

Members had about 90 minutes in total, viewing & imaging the sky until finally at about 10.20pm the clouds won and totally obscured Venus, Jupiter and Saturn and much of the sky :(

All in all, it was a very successful evening for members, with lots of viewing opportunities, opportunity to compare telescopes, try out various imaging techniques and most importantly of all - have lots of fun, resulting in some very happy CMHASD members, who would like to thank publicity officer & CMHASD trustee Honor Wheeler for organising & hosting the event - Thank you Honor :-)

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A fantastic photo by Honor Honor taken on the 30th June 2015 showing a crescent shape Venus with Jupiter & 4 Galilean moons :-)
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Photo by Honor Wheeler of a crescent shape Venus & Jupiter.


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Photo by Honor Wheeler of the dramatic sunset at the pavilion on the 30th June 2015.

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One stunning sunset :-)
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A super photo by Honor Wheeler of the conjunction of Venus & Jupiter above the Dick Chambers Observatory.

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A super photo of the conjunction of Venus & Jupiter by member John Howarth taken at the pavilion with the new observatory on the 30th June 2015.


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Honor & Jim taking photos at the pavilion.....

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Members photographing the sunset........

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One Moon & several telescopes......

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Honor, Shelley & John photographing the sunset......

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Members setting up their telescopes.......

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Jim Burchell :-)
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Members busy observing & imaging :-)
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Venus & Jupiter!

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David Freed :-)

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Ken, Shelley & John discussing imaging techniques....
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Shelley imaging the beautiful Moon......
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Honor & Rose.

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Venus & Jupiter getting closer :-)

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Jim imaging the spectacular Moon....

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Derrick Allen & John Sowle .....

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Both John & Derrick busy imaging.........
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Below are more photos taken by CMHASD member John Howarth at the pavilion on the 30th June 2015........



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You can just see Venus & Jupiter above the dome :-)

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More photos taken by Trustee Honor Wheeler on the 30th June 2015 at the pavilion.....



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Below are photos taken by CMHASD Trustee Martin Crow in Burnham On Crouch, Essex on the 30th June 2015 of the conjunction.....

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Venus & Jupiter conjunction by Gordon Collings.


Stunning photos of the Moon taken on the 30th June 2015 by members Martin Crow & Honor Wheeler
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29th June 2015

These are photos of Jupiter & Venus 'pre conjunction' taken on the 29th June 2015 by members John Howarth & Martin Crow.

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This photo of Jupiter & Venus was taken by John Howarth in Bexleyheath, Kent on the 29th June 2015.

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A great photo of the Moon taken on the 29th June 2015 by member Martin Crow

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Stunning Gibbous Moon - taken 29th June 2015 in Burnham on Crouch, Essex by Martin Crow.

1st July 2015


These photos of Jupiter and Venus where taken by member John Howarth on the 1st July 2015 from Bexleyheath in Kent.

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