Cassiopeia Observatory logo

Venus and the Pleiades

Posted: 3 April 2020

Open: Thursday, 2 April 2020, 1904 MST
Temperature: 73°F
Session: 1450
Conditions: Clear

12" f/8 LX600 w/StarLock
2" 24mm UWA eyepiece
SkyTracker Pro


1911 MST: LX600 ON, StarLock OFF, High Precision OFF.

Viewed the planet Venus, 102X.

I then set up the D850 DSLR with the 150-600mm lens on the SkyTracker Pro near the observatory.


1939 MST: polar aligned the SkyTracker Pro.

2005 MST: Venus and the Pleiades (f/22, 30 seconds, ISO 1600, White Balance 5560K, FL 600mm).


And for those of you who like "lens flares", Venus and the Pleiades (f/8, 60 seconds, ISO 5000, White Balance 5560K, FL 600mm).


I then switched to a 24-70mm lens.

Orion (upper left), Hyades star cluster (near center), and Venus and the Pleiades (lower right). (f/4, 30 seconds, ISO 3200, White Balance 5560K, FL 32mm).

Click or tap on image for larger version

2044 MST: ended sky photography.

2051 MST: LX600 OFF.

Close: Thursday, 2 April 2020, 2102 MST
Temperature: 59°F
Session Length: 1h 58m
Conditions: Clear

This session occurred on the 15th Anniversary of my 2nd visit to "Oracle Observatory".

Comments are welcome using Email. Twitter users can use the button below to tweet this report to their followers. Thanks.

Previous report

Cassiopeia Observatory Home Page

Back to Top

Copyright ©2020 Michael L. Weasner /