Venus and Pleiades

I became aware that Venus and Pleiades would be very close together in the sky this weekend. Apparently they would be about 2 degrees apart from each other. As I had been getting my Celestron CGEM aligned and ready for serious imaging, I thought I would take some time out to do some wide-field imaging using the Sony A6000 and some native E-mount lenses.

Now previously I was not able to use the Sony 20mm F2.8 E-mount or the 50mm F1.8 OSS lenses for astrophotography as there was colour casting in the corners when I used my Astronomik CLS-CCD light pollution filter. But recently I became aware that some people have been using the Baader Neodymium filter as a skyglow filter. I know that it does not block light pollution as well as the Astronomik, but something is better than nothing.

As this was a filter I had in my arsenal (and converted to 49mm for ease of use), I decided to test it out with both the above lenses. I was pleased to see that there was no colour casting at all. Hence I could use these two lenses to shoot wide-field astrophotography, particularly of Venus and Pleiades. Here are the pics from last night.

Venus and Pleiades (Sony 20mm F2.8 lens)
Venus and Pleiades (Sony 20mm F2.8 lens)
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Venus and Pleiades (Sony 50mm F1.8 E-mount lens)
Venus and Pleiades (Sony 50mm F1.8 E-mount lens)
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I was pleased to have managed to capture  Venus and Pleiades together, and with the two E-mount lenses that I possess but have not been using very much. I have a feeling I will be using these two lenses fairly often for wide-field astrophotography.

Boon