Venusian Dawn

 Venus - March 3, 2022

 

Description:

This picture was created by taking 45,000 pictures of Venus, sorting the best, and stacking half of them together to develop this view. I spent a lot of time collecting color frames through RGB filters to reveal the subtle tonality of a notoriously bland Venusian cloud deck. The various pastels arise out of the choice to photograph this as the sun was rising, washing the scene with various colors other than pure blue sky.

I did have some fun pushing the overall balance and composition into something I felt artistically pleasing and otherworldly. So, please accept it, and enjoy!

 
Equipment Details:
Imaging Telescope Celestron EdgeHD 8"
Imaging Camera ZWO ASI1600MM-Cool
Mount Orion Atlas Pro AZ/EQ-G
Focal Reducer Celestron 0.7x Focal Reducer
Filters

Astronomik ProPlanet 742, Deep Sky RGB

Focuser Moonlite CHL 2.5" Large Format Crayford Edge Focuser
Software

Firecapture
AutoStakkert!3
PixInsight
Adobe Photoshop

Exposure details

NIRx3 10,000 frames each
RGB 5,000 frames each
Best 50% stacked, 22,500 frames total

Date 02-MAR-2022


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