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Jupiter at dawn - Merry Christmas from Scottish Borders!


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Jupiter & Peniel Heugh - Merry Christmas from Scottish Borders! by mikeyscope, on Flickr

Looking like the star of Bethlehem planet Jupiter shines brightly in conjunction with Hyades & Pleiades star clusters in this early morning scene looking west with daylight fast approaching over the Waterloo Monument on Peniel Heugh, Scottish Borders

Pentax K5

Pentax DA 17-70mm F4.0 AL (IF) SDM

Exp 30 secs

iso 800

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Nice image Mikey, did you use a filter to get those spikes?

Thanks guys for the kind feedback ...appreciated :-)

The diffraction spikes are all natural caused by the lens design. Most newer lenses are designed with rounded diaphragm blades to reduce or eliminate this effect in favour of producing an improved bokeh in certain daylight applications.

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