Saturn, Mars, and the Beehive

in Conjunction

Uploaded 6/17/06


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A rare and spectacular very close approach of two planets and a famous deep sky object occured last night, and we took the opportunity to install the new astrographic setup up at our observatory up in Happy Jack. In the image above, Saturn is the brightest yellow object, to its upper right is Mars, an the large splashy open cluster in the lower right corner is the Beehive cluster - M44. The field here is about 3 degrees wide.
Instrument: Stellarvue SV80S Refractor w/.8x TR2008 Field Flattener, EFR = 80mm f/4.74 @ 379mm FL Platform: Homemade GEM Camera: Canon 10D @ ISO400 Exposure: 2m Filters: Standard IR Block Location: Happy Jack, Arizona Elevation: 5150 ft. Sky: Seeing 7/10, Transparency 10/10 Outside Temperature: 45F Processing Tools: Photoshop CS2, Raw Shooter Premium HOME GALAXIES EMISSION NEBS REFLECTION NEBS COMETS GLOBULARS OPEN CLUST PLANETARIES LINKS FastCounter by bCentral