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Observation by Pete Lawrence: Venus in the Pleiades

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Paul Downing, FRAS

Observer

Pete Lawrence

Observed

2020 Apr 03 - 18:39

Uploaded

2020 Apr 03 - 22:42

Objects

M45
Venus

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Constellation

Taurus

Field centre

RA: 03h47m
Dec: +23°58'
Position angle: -23°09'

Field size

3°28' × 2°19'

Equipment
  • Canon 6D using a Sigma 50-500mm lens set to 417mm @ f/8
Exposure

8s @ ISO 2000

Location

Thornton, Leicestershire, UK

Target name

Venus

Title

Venus in the Pleiades

About this image

Pete reports that the potential for a gorgeous conjunction between Venus and the Pleiades on the night of 3 April 2020 wasn't without issue as there was plenty of cloud threatening to spoil the view. For safety this image was taken when the sky was still light and blue. The intention here was to grab at least one shot of the conjunction in case clouds ruined the rest of the night. In the event, there was plenty of opportunity to capture higher contrast images. Despite this, the blue foreground colour of the sky creates a rather unusual view of this beautiful event.

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