Friday, May 24, 2013

right angle (Blue Mountains)

I helped Risa, briefly, with her polar scope. I didn't explain it well, but I tried to assure her it didn't matter that the lens changed position.

Many of us viewed the conjunction. Right-angled triangle of planets. Fantastic. Many people shot photos.

Photo by Ralph Chou. Nikon D600. sRGB. 85mm focal length. f/5.6. 1/15th. ISO 640.

I kept hearing that this conjunction was "rare" but I wasn't sure why. It must have been in reference to the planets themselves. Mercury and Venus snuggle on a regular basis. It must be that Jupiter is not often in the mix.

We were fortunate to have some decent skies.

For some, it was the first time seeing Mercury with the Mark-I eyeball.

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