Venus- Moon Occultation  April 22, 2009

The eastern horizon on the morning of April 22, 2009 was accentuated by this apparition.
                                                                                                                                                        Through a Stellarvue 80mm
                                              Sky & Telescope Image                                                 I took this shortly after waking, so it's not of the best quality.

                                                                                                                                                                              Earthshine is readily visible in this image.

                             And the sky is getting much brighter.                                                                                         Venus is obviously drawing closer to the Crescent Moon.
            Contrast is decreasing, but the configuration is still obvious.

  JUST, before the occultation occurs. Contrast here has been accentuated.                        After battling clouds throughout this series here is what was presented as the morning sunrise.
                                                                                                                                                                    A nice enough compensation I think!!  Especially the solar pillar. (digital)

   This series of exposures was used with some film which had expired, I have used rolls from this production before with favorable results, but I /will NOT use any of it again.
From now on I will be using Portra 800, which I have used before with EXCELLENT results.  Although this film it is rather expensive (~$10/roll-36 exposure) it is well worth
the cost considering the results I have obtained in the past.
   Also focus was gained from aligning the 'split ring'(?) on the ground screen of the camera, this is proving to be unsatisfactory for planetary images, from now on, the focus needs
to be gained from focusing on a star.

                                            And this was 'first-light' for the recently finished  parallelogram tripod                                               (Tripod in 3D)

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