Venus and Mercury Conjunction


James Adamson
  Ballina, County Mayo, Ireland
Photo Title
  Venus and Mercury Conjunction
Time and Date taken
  13th and 16th January 2005 0825UT
Equipment used
  Televue 85mm refractor, 27mm Panoptic eyepiece. Mounted on a heavy
duty tripod
Capturing device used
  Nikon Coolpix 4300
Technical details
  Camera was coupled to the eyepiece and set at ISO 200, f/2.8
1/250sec exposure for 13th January image.
1/125sec exposure for 16th January image.
16th image was two frames aligned and stacked.
The Images were then processed in registax and touched up using paint.

Venus and Mercury were a beautiful sight in the eyepiece together. It was well worth the effort to capture it!

This is certainly a rare event to see, never mind capture and James has shown how difficult it is to do this. The quickly fading planets are just visible in each image. The left pinky image was taken on 13th and shows Venus with Mercury at 4 o'clock: Angular Separation 00 18' 55". the right peachy image was taken on 16th and shows Venus with Mercury at approximately 7 o'clock: Angular Separation 00 40' 54"


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