Mercury and Venus in Evening Twilight in Winton August 28th, 2008

Uploaded 9/20/08

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 With a southern latitude of -21, the conjunction of these two planets was easy to follow night after night for 45 minutes or more, posed well above the western horizon after dusk. Venus the brighter of the pair can be spotted easily from any latitude, but Mercury poses a real challenge in the bright evening twilight. This stunning scene was taken at the sheep ranch we stayed at for a week in the Outback of Australia near a small town called Winton. Close examination of this image will also show Corvus on the upper left part of the image, sitting on its side from this latitude. The foreground is typical for the Outback, few trees and distant sharp horizons in all directions.
Lens: Canon 17-40mm L lens at 17mm f/5 Platform: Robotic Barndoor II Camera: Hutech Modified Canon XTi @ ISO400 Exposure: 15 seconds - Tracked Filters: None Location: Winton, QLD, Australia Elevation: 260 ft. Sky: Seeing 8/10, Transparency 9/10 Outside Temperature: 80F Processing Tools: Photoshop CS2 HOME GALAXIES EMISSION NEBS REFLECTION NEBS COMETS GLOBULARS OPEN CLUST PLANETARIES LINKS