Category Archives: Deep-Sky Imaging

Jupiter and Mercury

I took this image of Jupiter close to Mercury over the Forest tonight, just after sunset.  Jupiter is the brighter planet at the top, Mercury is the red planet at the lower right.

Noel Carboni (Florida, U.S.A.) did some clean up processing on this one before sending back to me – so this image has already been once around the planet ūüôā¬† Canon 5D with 100-400mm zoom and x1.4 converter, ISO 400, 3-seconds, f#18.

I think that Jupiter and Mercury will be at their closest in 3-days time.  If you do want to see them РDO NOT Рscan across the West with telescopes or binoculars until the Sun has FULLY set!!!!

M109 and friends

Managed to get 4 and a half hours worth of imaging time on Phecda (star), M109 and at least 25 other galaxies in Ursa Major last night. ¬†Should turn out to be a very nice image with ultra bright (blue) Phecda contrasting with all the faint fuzzies (galaxies) in the region. ¬†Reasonably good seeing too – we’ve been very lucky with the skies at the beginning of this month – I think it is due to end soon according to the forecasts.