Mercury Rising…

…was the title of a Hollywood film starring Bruce Willis, but it also nicely describes this shot taken at 7.13am this morning. Venus is the bright object upper right, while Mercury is visible at 45° down and to the left. Don’t confuse it with the aeroplane, caught shortly after take off from Stansted!

Taken on a Canon EOS 400D with a 70-300mm IS lens at 70mm, 1/8 sec at f/4, ISO 400.

Venus and Jupiter

There are still two days to go before the conjunction of Venus and Jupiter, but the weather forecast isn’t good, so it seemed like it would be a good idea to have a go tonight while it was relatively clear! Taken with a Canon EOS400D with a Sigma 105mm f/2.8 lens, this image was composed from 20 x 5 second exposures at ISO800, f/4, and shows the two planets amongst the background stars on the Aries/Cetus border.

A Quartet of Planets

Here, taken over the last couple of days, are some views of the four major planets that have been visible in the evening sky. All were taken through the MN190 with an Opticstar P75C and 2x Barlow. Mars, high in the sky, and Saturn, low down in the murk, were taken last night; Jupiter (with Ganymede close to the planet) and the inscrutable Venus were captured tonight, just after sunset.