The Venus / Jupiter super close

conjunction on August 27, 2016

with the 3.5" Questar

Uploaded 8/28/16

 Only once every 50 years does these two planets come within 1/10 a degree. This event was an evening sight, with the two planets already diverging as the set sun painted the sky in blues and oranges. The closest approach for us here in Arizona was at around 3pm during the daytime, so I set up on the balcony with the Questar and was able to find the pair at its closest using the setting circles and offsetting from the Sun. Here is the best of the set, both daytime shots and evening wide angle images!
Wide angle evening set with the Canon 10D and 18 - 200mm zoom lens. ISO400 at f/4.5: And the shots taken earlier at 3pm in the bright sun shooting over the hot roof with the Questar, with and without the 2x Barlow:
Processing: 50/1000 best frames, alignment in Registax, Wavelets in Registax, Levels and Contrast Masking In Photoshop CS2,
Instrument: Questar 3.5" f/13 Mak Platform: Questar fork mount CCD Camera: Image Source DBK41 Color Cam Exposure: 1/20 sec 15fps Location: Payson, Arizona Elevation: 5150 ft. Sky: Seeing 2/5, Transparency 7/10 Outside Temperature: 80F