Conjunction of Moon with Venus and Jupiter (Dec 01, 2008)

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About this Image

A conjunction of the Moon with Venus and Jupiter is a nice and rare scenery.
Venus was occulted by the Moon on Dec 01 from 4h20 UT for more than 1 hour. This image shows the conjunction 5 minutes before the occultation of Venus. Jupiter with 3 of it's moon's visible is placed in 3 degree distance (upper part of image).

To show the full extent of dynamics (bright side and dark side of the Moon) longer and shorter exposures had to be combined.

Find below a crop on Jupiter with 3 of it's moons (Io, Ganymed, Callisto from left to right) visible in 100% size.

Technical Details


Canon 200 mm f/2.8 L lens at f/4 + Teleconverter 1.5x

Mount Tripod, no mount
Camera Canon 40D modified
Filters Astronomik OWB clip filter
Date Dec 01, 2008
4.15 p.m. UT
Location Wildon/Austria
Sky Conditions partly cloudy
Exposure sequence of 5x 0.5 sec, 5 x 0.1 sec, 5 x 0.03 sec at ISO400;
seperate focus for foreground
Processing Layering of aligned and combined exposures, color balance, unsharp mask in Photoshop;
horizon is down;