Conjunctions


Jean-Luc Dighaye




On April 03, 2004, a spectacular conjunction of Venus and M45 the Pleiades was to take place. Simultaneously, Mars was to form an asterism with stars upsilon and 72 Tauri on the top of the Hyades.

Weather in Belgium, however, was cloudy. Shortly before 20:00 UTC, partial clearings formed in the clouds, and I took several views from Nivezé with my Nikon D100. After 20:20, thick clouds formed again.

Mars, Venus & surroundings
50/2.8, 4s, ISO 800, 20:03, FOV 27°






Mars & Venus - single exposure
135/2.8, 2s, ISO 1600, 20:08, FOV 12°






Mars & Venus - composite of 4 exposures
20:10, same parameters as above






Close-up on Venus - composite of 4 exposures
200/4, 4 x 1.3s, ISO 3200, 20:18, FOV 4°






Mars in the clouds - composite of 4 exposures
200/4, 4 x 1.3s, ISO 3200, 20:20, FOV 7°






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