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    Default Have you seen Canopus?



    Canopus is the second brightest star in the sky but it is so south with declination of -52 deg. Meaning that if you are above latitude 40 you can't see it.
    So, as many of you are European or from Northern America. have you seen Canopus? Yesterday I took some photos of it near its transit. Its altitude was just 6 deg.
    It is so bright however that there was no problem to see it from a highly light polluted urban area.
    Here are two photos. If you are below latitude 38, try to see Canopus.
    2017-01-29-Canopus1.png

    2017-01-29-Canopus2.png
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    Default Re: Have you seen Canopus?

    It sure stands out, Gadi. Thanks for sharing. I'll have to live vicariously through you for now.

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    Default Re: Have you seen Canopus?

    Sometimes when we have high thin cloud only Sirius and Canopus shine through!

    It usually sails high above my home and is a very bright subject in the scope, great for focusing with a bahtinov mask too.

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    Default Re: Have you seen Canopus?

    Dang. Canopus is a knuckle dragging dirt dobber from my latitude (about 36º) and culminates a hair over 1º above my southern horizon. No joy from my backyard.
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    Default Re: Have you seen Canopus?

    That's a great image, Gadi - Canopus is bright and clear!

    Thanks for posting.
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    Default Re: Have you seen Canopus?

    I have seen it many times. Just not from home. I have observed from locations nearer to the equator both above and below it. Seeing Sirius and Canopus at the same time is indeed very cool.
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    Default Re: Have you seen Canopus?

    When I first moved to Texas from Kansas a few years ago, I was at a star party at a local observatory. I was taking in the dark sky and everyone else was quietly showing various Messier objects with their telescopes. Suddenly, the peace and quiet was shattered with my shout, "Hey, there's Canopus!" The local club members turned and looked at me, and I just shrugged and said, "I'm a northerner. It's my first time." One of the astronomy professors shook his head and said, "Never saw someone get so excited over a can 'o pus."

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    Quote Originally Posted by starlogborg View Post
    When I first moved to Texas from Kansas a few years ago, I was at a star party at a local observatory. I was taking in the dark sky and everyone else was quietly showing various Messier objects with their telescopes. Suddenly, the peace and quiet was shattered with my shout, "Hey, there's Canopus!" The local club members turned and looked at me, and I just shrugged and said, "I'm a northerner. It's my first time." One of the astronomy professors shook his head and said, "Never saw someone get so excited over a can 'o pus."
    One night we had two visiting Italian observers at our club scope when I still lived in Australia. I showed then Alpha Centauri and I swear they were almost bouncing off the walls of the observatory they were so excited
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    Quote Originally Posted by MG1692 View Post
    One night we had two visiting Italian observers at our club scope when I still lived in Australia. I showed then Alpha Centauri and I swear they were almost bouncing off the walls of the observatory they were so excited
    That will be me when I get a chance to see Alpha Centauri for the first time, too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by starlogborg View Post
    That will be me when I get a chance to see Alpha Centauri for the first time, too.
    I can tell you it gave me a deep appreciation of what I had. It never entered my head people from up north would care about something like that
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