The Moon & Planet Mercury In Conjunction
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You never quite know when skies are going to cooperate on any given evening. Tonight, the stars (err… solar system objects) were in alignment. Checkout these shots of this evenings conjunction involving The Moon and The Planet Mercury. I’d actually forgotten about this alignment, and had to go home to get my camera and tripod. Around 8:30pm or so, I saw the crescent moon coming into view. I knew that Mercury couldn’t be far behind, but where would it appear. Back down the road (to my less obstructed western horizon) and 15 minutes later there was the first rock sitting just below and to the left.
I took a few shots with each lens to make sure that I’d have a good enough exposure to work with. I figured the wider field of view of the first shot made for a more neighborly feel. These are our nearest celestial neighbors, after all. The narrower field of view (I’d hoped) would show a bit more Earthshine. Alas, I needed a better view to the west to allow skies to further darken to capture this more distinctly. Oh, well….
Astro Photo Details:
* Designation: Conjunction: The Moon & Planet Mercury
Astro Photo Processing Details
* Canon Digital Rebel XTi
* Image #1 – wide view 1/8sec @ f5.6 ISO400 70mm focal length
* Image #2 – narrow view 1/10sec @ f/5.6 ISO800 200mm focal length
* Adobe PhotoShop CS2 Curves & Levels
* Neat Image