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Dimensions1920 x 1321
Original file size1.63 MB
Image typeJPEG
Color spacesRGB
Date taken22-Dec-20 17:56
Date modified23-Dec-20 09:15
Shooting Conditions

Camera makeNIKON CORPORATION
Camera modelNIKON Z 6
Focal length26 mm
Focal length (35mm)26 mm
Exposure30s at f/4
FlashNot fired
Exposure bias0 EV
Exposure modeManual
Exposure prog.Manual
ISO speedISO 200
Metering modePattern
The Great Conjunction of 2020

The Great Conjunction of 2020

After cleaning up the mini snowstorm, I made my way down to Dallas Road hoping to see the Great Conjunction, perhaps a day late for the smallest separation but still delightful to see in binoculars.

Tonight the pair were separated by 1/6 of a degree and indeed were very pretty in 8x42 binoculars. Jupiter appeared first and Saturn blinked in and out as dusk progressed.

The landscape shot makes the two planets appear as a bright singular object. This is due to apparent celestial movement as the 30 second exposure exceeded a stationary exposure without tracking. In theory an exposure of 15 to 20 seconds would have been better but I still like the base image as it captured the mood of the event for me.

This inset was a separate tracked image of the planets as they appeared side by side with their satellites.

The meteor streak was a bonus, I'm not sure if it belongs to a particular meteor shower or perhaps a rogue meteor.

Landscape image:
Camera: Nikon Z6
Lens: Nikkor Z 24-70/4 Zoom set at 26mm
Sensor ISO: 200
Exposure: 30 seconds at f/4

Inset image:
Camera: Nikon D7200
Lens: Nikkor 300/4 AFS
Sensor ISO: 400
Exposure: 10 seconds at f/4
Tracker: Star Adventurer

Processing: Adobe Photoshop CC 2021