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orion25

Venus & Neptune Conjunction 2017

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Don't you just love it when planets get together and put on a show? I must admit, it was quite a challenge imaging these two in the same telescopic view at first. I tried my little space cams but Venus was just too bright;"little" Neptune didn't have a chance, lol. So, I decided to first take a wide-field view of the area with my Nikon camera piggybacked to my Mak 127, and then a prime focus shot. Here's the wide-field shot, a single 20s exposure at f/5.6:

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and here is the prime focus shot, a quick 5 second exposure to keep Venus from being too bright:

 

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Enjoy!

Reggie  :icescream:

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27 minutes ago, Moonshane said:

I can't see the pics.

Sorry about that, Moonshane. There was a problem with uploading the images. You should be able to see them now :icon_biggrin:

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Nice work Reggie. Well done mate! :) 

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22 minutes ago, Knighty2112 said:

Nice work Reggie. Well done mate! :) 

Thanks, Gus. I missed out on the Mars/Neptune conjunction recently, so I was stoked to capture this one!

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9 minutes ago, laudropb said:

Very nice images.

Thanks, laudropb. I always appreciate your support!

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20 minutes ago, Moonshane said:

Nice

here's my dodgy sketch :icon_biggrin:

 

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Nice sketch, Moonshane. The two just barely fit in a telescopic view!

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Well done Reggie. Those are very good captures. I only got to see Neptune visually a couple of nights ago.

Well done again on great images

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59 minutes ago, Uplooker said:

Well done Reggie. Those are very good captures. I only got to see Neptune visually a couple of nights ago.

Well done again on great images

Thanks, Ian. I live for moments like this. I missed the Mars/Neptune conjunction on Dec. 31 because of cloud.

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3 hours ago, bunnygod1 said:

Nicely done Reggie, I had a quick myself on Friday night.

Thanks, Pete. Mars and Uranus are going to have a close encounter near the end of February; I'm looking forward to that one!

Cheers,

Reggie

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