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#1 Jon Isaacs

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Posted 14 November 2020 - 07:30 PM

Friday morning, my wife and I were up at our place in the high desert. I'd spent a good part of the night observing but was up early with my wife. 

 

I looked out the front door to see the sunrise and saw Venus and the moon. I called her to come look as we've had some memorable views of the pair over the years. I saw the bright body below the moon and said, "Wow, that could be Mercury." A quick check of Sky Safari said it was.

 

This photo was taken with my Pixel XL smartphone in the Nightsight mode.

 

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Posted 14 November 2020 - 07:35 PM

Nice catch, Jon!  nice exposure as well.


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Posted 14 November 2020 - 07:45 PM

Dang it!  I tried 2 days ago and could not catch Merc.  Might have been a little late.  Nice pic


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Posted 15 November 2020 - 06:08 PM

Jon, I captured the trio as you did alongside with Jupiter, Saturn and Mars in an amazing single night, 4 years ago down under in NZ.
 
The story was that I had about only half an hour to take pictures of all this and I was stopped by a police car while running up the hill, in my pajamas at 4:30AM, with a camera and tripod, to get a clear shot of all this.
They thought I stole the camera/tripod and didn't believe me when I pointed to the dots in the sky and tried and explain to them what I'm doing. Eventually I've convinced them that I would probably be the dumbest looking thief if I steal stuff like this in my pajamas... Then I showed then a picture of Saturn and they were hooked. (Actually they were bored and went home while mumbling something about crazy astronomers in pajamas....)
 
But anyways, here are the shots I made that evening. With just a point and shoot camera and a manual tripod. Lucky imaging all the way. smile.gif

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Thanks for sharing this.


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