Venus, Jupiter and The Beehive cluster come together

Uploaded 8/17/14

 For a few short minutes this morning, the planetary duo passed within a degree of eachother, in the same field as the open cluster M44 in Cancer. Then the light of sunrise washed it all away. I took many shots, however the pair was very low on the eastern horizon at 5am, and still in the trees. Here is what it all looked like...
8mm fish eye shot showing the moon at the top of the frame, and at the very bottom is the pair of planets. You may have to click on the larger image to see them, they are very tiny! Select an image size for a larger view: 1290 x 960
With the Stellarvue 80mm the scene was much clearer. Venus is at the top, Jupiter lower and off at the bottom that scattering of stars is M44. Select an image size for a larger view: 1290 x 960
Lens: Stellarvue SV80s at f/4.8 Camera: Canon XTi Hutech Modified Mount: Televue GEM Location: Payson Balcony, Arizona Elevation: 5150 ft. Sky: Seeing 8/10, Transparency 8/10 Outside Temperature: 60F Processing Tools: Photoshop CS2, Maxim DSLR HOME GALAXIES EMISSION NEBS REFLECTION NEBS COMETS GLOBULARS OPEN CLUST PLANETARIES LINKS