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Old 18-08-2010, 08:08 PM
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Conjunction of four planets and a very thin crescent Moon

Hi All, it has been cloudy here lately with only a few clear nights, but one of them happened to be on 11/08 which provided for a beautiful view of the recent conjunction.

So I went to Lower Nihotupo Dam which is a large reservoir in the Waitakere Ranges west of Auckland. From here there is a clear view of the western sky and I snapped a couple of images before the very thin crescent Moon dipped below the hills.

The image was taken with Canon PowerShot S5IS @ ISO 400 and is a stack of 4 x 0.5s and 3 x 2.5 s. Inserted are a few close ups taken a litte later of the setting Moon displaying a very bright Earth shine.

Image is available here: http://www.pbase.com/rolfolsen/image/127578785/original

Hope you enjoy, I had a great time.

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Old 18-08-2010, 08:31 PM
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Rolf, this is superb and shows you don't always need expensive equipment to produce images that are very interesting to look at.

Well done!

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That's a beautiful image Rolf!

It looks like you had an almost identical view to mine here! The Moon sure was impressive that evening.

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Great work Rolf!
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Rolf, this is superb and shows you don't always need expensive equipment to produce images that are very interesting to look at.

Well done!

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Thank you very much Alex - and congratulations on your latest APOD by the way, it's well deserved

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That's a beautiful image Rolf!

It looks like you had an almost identical view to mine here! The Moon sure was impressive that evening.

Cheers,
Stephen
Thanks Stephen Yes it was an awesome sight!

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Great work Rolf!
Thank you Adam
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top shot that one - congratulations
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rolf, the image of the rising crescent moon is terrific!
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Nice shots Rolf and Stephen!
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