Conjunction Colours

During the past week, nightfall on planet Earth has featured Mars, Saturn, and Spica in a lovely conjunction near the western horizon. Still forming the corners of a distinctive celestial triangle after sunset and recently joined by a crescent Moon, they are all about the same brightness but can exhibit different colors to the discerning eye.   Image credit: Phil HartShooting Stars eBook

This ingenious star trail image was recorded as the trio set on August 12 with a telephoto lens from the shores of Lake Eppalock, in central Victoria, Australia. Focused on foreground eucalyptus trees, the image slightly blurs the trails to show more saturated colors.



The reddest trail is Mars, with Saturn on the right a paler echo of the Red Planet’s hue. Left is hot and luminous Spica, bluish alpha star of the constellation Virgo.    via APOD

Conjunction Colours

Shooting Stars eBook

How to Photograph the Moon and Stars with your DSLR

Ever wished you could capture stunning images of the night sky? Thought you needed complicated and expensive equipment?

Shooting Stars will show you how to shoot the moon and the stars with just your digital SLR and a tripod. It will teach you about five key styles of night sky photography and the camera settings required for each:

  • Twilight landscapes
  • Night sky scenes (short exposures)
  • Star trails (long exposures)
  • The Moon
  • Night sky timelapse videos

If you’ve ever wanted to photograph the night sky, I’m very confident this book will help you a lot!



You can find it here: philhart.com