Venus and Mercury Little Rock March 3, 2018

Today, I’ve seen and photographed all five bright planets.  This morning I got up early and went to the River Ridge Observatory to image Jupiter, Mars, and Saturn. As it turned out, those attempts were too noisy to show but then about 13 hours later I was able to capture a near conjunction of Venus and Mercury after sunset. The two planets are just over one degree apart. Enjoy the short video.

My First RGB Image 1/14/2018

Last night, in 20+ degree weather, while I was home piddling on my laptop the Robotic Research Telescope at the River Ridge Observatory was busy taking some pictures for me. The run didn’t complete, I presume clouds came in, but I got 4 60 second images in red, green, and blue as well as one visual. I stacked those this morning according to color then combined in Photoshop with a how-to I found. Obviously 60 seconds was too much for some of the stars and it filled the pixel well depth or whatever it is called in several places. The main thing is color from monochrome and I don’t even know what I’m doing. I left the potential luminance image out of this, it is strictly RGB not LRGB.