Mercury/Jupiter/Mars Triple

Conjunction - Dec. 8, 2006

Uploaded 12/3/06

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 This is the first morning of the best three days of the planetary conjuction involving from top down: Mercury, Mars, and Jupiter. Rising in very bright morning twilight, this image had about a five minute window of shooting opportunity before it became too light out in the morning eastern sky. Jupiter here, at the bottom shows some differential refraction.
Instrument: Stellarvue SV80S Refractor w/.8x TR2008 Field Flattener, EFR = 80mm f/4.74 @ 379mm FL Platform: Televue GEM Camera: Canon 10D @ ISO400 Exposure: 1s Filters: Standard IR Block Location: Payson, Arizona Elevation: 5150 ft. Sky: Seeing 7/10, Transparency 8/10 Outside Temperature: 20F Processing Tools: Photoshop CS2, Raw Shooter Premium HOME GALAXIES EMISSION NEBS REFLECTION NEBS COMETS GLOBULARS OPEN CLUST PLANETARIES LINKS FastCounter by bCentral