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Venus & Uranus Conjunction

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Here is a single two-second exposure of the close conjunction of Venus (the brighter object on the left) and Uranus (the fainter, bluish-green object to the right) at ISO 1600. It is a prime focus image taken through my 127mm Maksutov-Cassegrain telescope about an hour after sunset. A striking pair visible in a telescopic view!

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Good shot Reggie. Well done! :) 

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I first looked at this picture on my phone on the bus this morning and could not see Uranus at all. But on my desktop it is clear and I think that is quite impressive for a 10-magnitude difference.

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Thanks, everyone! There was a big shelf of cloud that thankfully dissolved shortly after sunset so I could get this shot.

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Thanks, Reggie.

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I've been hoping to see this conjunction myself. All I need is a bit of cooperation from the weather!

 

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3 hours ago, Stub Mandrel said:

That's some dynamic range for one picture!

It was a challenge, Stub! I was changing settings furiously trying to find the best balance of brightness. Just enough to see Uranus clearly but not too much, lol!

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20 hours ago, Ruud said:

Thanks, Reggie.

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I've been hoping to see this conjunction myself. All I need is a bit of cooperation from the weather!

 

Thanks, Ruud! Wishing you clear skies!

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21 hours ago, DarkAntimatter said:

Nice shot.  Makes me wish even more that it hadn't been cloudy here.

Thanks, DarkAntimatter! Hope some clear skies come your way, soon!

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On 3/29/2018 at 09:21, Grotemobile said:

I will second all that .Very good for a 5" scope.:headbang:

Thanks, Grotemobile! I get some great views with my lil' Mak :happy10:

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On 3/29/2018 at 05:29, Demonperformer said:

I first looked at this picture on my phone on the bus this morning and could not see Uranus at all. But on my desktop it is clear and I think that is quite impressive for a 10-magnitude difference.

This pic from last year of Venus and Neptune shows an even larger magnitude difference (not sure of how much though):

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Venus was much closer to Earth at the time, in a large crescent phase (overexposed in the pic, however). This pic is even more striking!

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Neptune in generally a couple of magnitudes fainter than Uranus, so that would be about 12 mag difference, or ~62,500x

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On 3/29/2018 at 00:27, Knighty2112 said:

Good shot Reggie. Well done! :) 

Thanks, Gus! I almost mistook Uranus for an annoying star in the field, lol!

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1 minute ago, Demonperformer said:

Neptune in generally a couple of magnitudes fainter than Uranus, so that would be about 12 mag difference, or ~62,500x

WOW! That's QUITE a difference, DP, lol.

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On 3/29/2018 at 01:31, Pete Presland said:

Lovely capture Reggie, the colour contrast is very pleasing to the eye isn't it.

Thanks, Pete! Yes, I always love the colour differences. My new camera does very well with colors.:hello2:

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