I used the opportunity to take a few pics of two planetary conjunctions.
The gear used consisted of an improved DIY tripod and the Nikon Coolpix S3300 compact camera.
|The very good all-metal head of a Velbon photo tripod was combined with the legs of a 60mm refractor tripod.|
The first observed planetary conjunction was actually a progress toward a planetary conjunction of Venus and Jupiter,happening on the Western sky.
This was hard to follow and take pics because Venus and Jupiter were lost in the bright crepuscular glow of the setting Sun.
To locate the two planets I used my trusty Fujinon 7x50mm WPC-XL binocular.Actually my binocular just was of that type. Since quite a while it was modified and the compass was removed as being redundant for somebody sailing only his own front yard.
|Fujinon 7x50mm ex WPC-XL binocular.Once the compass removed , the field is identical in both oculars.Very good!|
|Venus-Jupiter ''in progress'' conjunction ,on 24 August 2016.|
Venus is to the right of the distant tree , Jupiter is to the left and above the same tree.
|Venus and Jupiter 24 August 2016|
|Venus and Jupiter ,in a picture with a ghetto flavour.The pictures were taken over the fence of the open-air store of a local company , hence the barbed wire .|
At South-South West ,at the same time , it was visible the conjunction of Saturn , Mars and Antares , ''the heart of Scorpion''.
|Conjunction of Saturn , Mars and Antares on 24 August 2016|
|Conjunction of Saturn , Mars and Antares of August 24 , a closer look.|
|Labeled picture of S-M-A conjunction|
|Another picture of the S-M-A conjunction , please notice the redish hue of Mars and Antares|
|Saturn is keeping his silver-gray color.|