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Conjunction of Venus and Saturn


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About this observation
Justin K.
Time of observation
09/12/2019 - 19:19
Venus and Saturn
Observing location
Tacande Observatory, MPC J22
0.0022m f/1.8 refractor
iPhone X CMOS camera
No filter
0.25s at ISO 2000

I wasn't going to respond to the latest observer's challenge.  However two friends are visiting us this week and one of them, Justin K., took this image with his iPhone and mailed me the result.  Neither of them realised what the very obvious pair of bright "stars" might be until I explained and produced a pair of 15x80 binoculars so they could get a magnified view.

Not quite so much of a challenge here at 28N but I'm impressed with how good an image can be produced by a telescope with such a tiny aperture.  It's just 0.56% of the aperture of my telescope which would be completely useless on this target.

The foreground objects, from left to right, are a young laurel tree, my neighbour's house, and a hibiscus bush. The iPhone's flash went off automatically, with rather attractive results.

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