March 27th, 2012

Transit of Venus

The Sky at Night

I've made about twenty attempts to take a picture of the conjunction of the Moon, Venus and Jupiter in the sky tonight. Needless to say it really can't be done properly with amateur gear; I got the Moon and Venus reasonably well, but to get Jupiter at all I had to take such a long exposure that the moon is just a bright arc with no detail. I was hand-holding the camera which didn't help. Here's the best picture, looking west from my sister's garden; I've adjusted the brightness and contrast slightly, but haven't otherwise modified it. Even so it's nowhere near as good as e.g. the one in the Evening Standard tonight, which I suspect is heavily doctored:

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The moon is top left, Jupiter is bottom right (I think - it's possible I have it completely wrong!)