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Old 19-04-2012, 08:45 AM
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Moon and Mercury rising over Brisbane CBD

Hi all,

There was a nice conjunction of the crescent Moon and Mercury (at greatest western elongation) this morning, so I headed up Mt Coot-tha before dawn to get some images. I took an image every 3 minutes, beginning at about 4:15 am, and then stacked them using Startrails software. It worked out quite nicely, in that the pre-dawn colour was just beginning to appear as Mercury moved out of the top of the frame.

I haven't had a chance to do much in the way of processing of these images yet - I basically just stacked them. Will try and reprocess them this evening.

Anyway, here is the result!

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Old 19-04-2012, 09:42 AM
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Very nice! Love it!
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nice going - we had a similar view - with shades of grey
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Thanks Mike and David! I think I should have extended the gap between exposures to 4 minutes rather than 3. Something to try next time I guess.

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Excellent work and dedication Stephen!

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Thanks Tony and Tom. It was worth the early start, but I'm feeling it now! I have to say though, it was very quiet up at the summit this morning. Every other time, I've been joined by other like-minded photographers, but this morning it was just me.

I've just done a bit of a repro, making the sky colour a bit more vibrant and correcting lens distortion in LR3 before stacking the images. New version is attached.

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Simply Stunning effect Stephen, exceptionally well done.

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Thanks very much Trevor!

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Brilliant Stephen!! I was also out enjoying the view and taking a few pics. My pics are OK, but outa focus a tad so wont post on IIS. Facebook is much more forgiving.
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Lovely work Stephen
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Brilliant Stephen!! I was also out enjoying the view and taking a few pics. My pics are OK, but outa focus a tad so wont post on IIS. Facebook is much more forgiving.
Thanks very much Liz! It was a nice view wasn't it. I saw a couple of fairly bright meteors in between taking images as well.

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Looks fantastic! I really enjoy seeing your Mt Cootha sequences.
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Thanks for the comments Dave, Gilbert and Matt! Much appreciated.

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Congratulations Stephen on your excellent sequence being the APOD today! Quite an accolade:

http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/astropix.html

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Thanks very much Andy! I'm pretty happy with how this image came out, and it's a real bonus to have it featured as an APOD!

(There's a thread running in the General Chat forum as well.)

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Thanks Tom!

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