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Suuri Magellanin pilvi

25.11.2022 at 00.00 - 04.30 - Victoria, Gobur, Australia (V)
Tomi Kurri, Porin Karhunvartijat

I photographed the Large Magellanic Cloud on a moonless night in the middle of the rural darkness here in Australia. The Large Magellanic Cloud is located near the South Pole and is never visible in Finland or even in Europe. Both Magellanic Clouds are visible throughout the Australian summer high in the southern sky. The object is really spectacular and the bar structure of the galaxy can be seen with the naked eye. In the sky, the object's apparent diameter is almost 20 times that of the Moon. For example, compared to the Andromeda galaxy, the Magellanic clouds are really easy to see wit...

Comments: 3 pcs

Mars

23.11.2022 at 20.15 - 21.15 - Joensuu (III)
Antti Taskinen, Joensuun Seulaset

The weather has been, to put it mildly, challenging for observing planets this fall, at least in Joensuu. When the clouds have not been in the way, the wind has been strong and the seeing has been miserable. Now finally, after a break of two and a half months, I was able to distinguish some details from the surface of Mars again. The pictures were still pretty blurry. It's great that Mars in the sky shines like this when the opposition is approaching, if only there would be better seeing there in the next few weeks. The picture shows e.g. Elysium and Mare Cimmerium, the north is below.

Comments: 1 pcs

(20971) 1981 DR1

2.9.2022 at 22.23 - 23.17 - Orimattila, Artjärvi, Tähtikallio (I)
Kari Laihia, Toni Veikkolainen, Porin Karhunvartijat

(20971) 1981 DR1 (1981 DR1) A central main belt asteroid imaged on the first evening of 2022 DS days. When photographing Aquarius NGC 6772 bipolar planetary 12mag nebula, this object came into the picture. The Eunomia family asteroid was discovered by the American astronomer Schelte John "Bobby" Bus (b.1956) at the Australian Siding Spring Observatory on February 28, 1981. Bobby Bus has discovered a total of 1683 asteroids and comet 87P/Bus. Source Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schelte_J._Bus . The size of the small asteroid is 3.73 km. Spectral class S according to the family. When ...

Images: 3 pcs • Comments: 2 pcs

Quiet aurora band

28.9.2022 at 00.00 - 00.45 - Torsken, Norja (II)
Atte Ahola, Ursa (Etelä-Suomi)

Expectations for the evening were high, because we had arrived on the island of Senja to the wonderful scenery. The sky was quite clear, so we headed to the pre-planned shooting location. At the end of the Gryllefjord. The place turned out to be a very dark place when the moon did not illuminate the landscape. Perhaps it was too dark because the mountains couldn't be photographed as the shadows were visible without burning the sky. The northern lights were surprisingly quiet that night before the clouds arrived. I expected that the lights would have risen over the fjord and I would have go...

Images: 2 pcs • Comments: 3 pcs

Quiet aurora arc

20.11.2022 at 19.37 - 20.48 - Kajaani (II)
Taisto Komulainen

It has been a cloudy and gloomy time for many weeks until it cleared up on Sunday, I was wondering if the clear weather would last until the night, luckily it lasted that long. When it got dark, I hurried to the shooting location in Paltaniemi, Kajaani, on the shore of Lake Oulujärvi, and the lights appeared on time.

Images: 6 pcs • Comments: 1 pcs

Rare halos

21.11.2022 at 11.14 - 11.47 - Kuusamo, Rukatunturi (IV)
Jani Päiväniemi, Ursa (Pohjois-Suomi)

On Ruka, nice halos could be seen again in the ice fog. Would there be anything else in those sauri when the stump rises up? The lower side suns may be below.

Images: 3 pcs • Comments: 4 pcs

Rare halos

20.11.2022 at 12.40 - 13.20 - Pelkosenniemi (IV)
Anne Niemistö

I don't know the exact time for the beginning and the end. My estimate is between 12:40 and 1:20 p.m. Snow on Pyhätunturi causes ice fog, etc.

Images: 4 pcs • Comments: 3 pcs

Pintahalo

20.11.2022 at 14.13 - 14.18 - Joensuu (II)
Marko Riikonen

The surface solar arc surprised by freezing in the shelters of the marina. The angle of the phenomenon is quite narrow, you wouldn't need to be much higher than the sun to reach out to become a Bottlinger. The moon phase is too weak to attempt it at night. I was equipped with my phone, I clicked pictures and quickly stacked 16 of them by hand. The first is the maximum stack, the second is the average stack. Thirdly, a single image which is, as it should be, significantly worse than the visual impression. Keli was perhaps not quite an archetype. In the morning there was a moderate wind acco...

Images: 3 pcs • Comments: 2 pcs

Rare halos

20.11.2022 at 13.10 - 14.35 - Pudasjärvi (IV)
Esa Pekka Isomursu, Ursa (Pohjois-Suomi)

When I peeked out with Iso-Syötte a little after one, I could see a really bright V-shaped halo between the trees and something around it as well. But before I could gather my camera equipment, dress warmly and rush out, the play had already quickly dimmed and "V" was not even visible. I traveled by car and on foot in an area of about 5 kilometers. In different places, the halos were sometimes very bright, but "dim" or not at all. An hour later I ended up in a swamp where the halo was moderately visible. I took a bunch of pictures there, of which I stacked up to 30 pictures. I still handled th...

Comments: 3 pcs

Rare halos

20.11.2022 at 11.05 - 11.51 - Kuopio (IV)
Jouni Kiimalainen

I was on a photography trip behind Nilsiä Tahkomäki, I was driving a car and I noticed the clouds formed by snow cannons, the sun started peeking through the clouds. A milder halo phenomenon was already formed there, but about 10-15 minutes later, in a slightly different place, the phenomenon intensified and when I changed the place, the phenomenon finally got its full force.

Images: 4 pcs • Comments: 10 pcs

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