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The Moon and Venus Captured in a Single Photograph

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Behold, a photograph of the moon. Can you see it? No, it’s not that tiny bright crescent you see… The moon is that faint giant crescent. That tiny one to its left is Venus. Hungarian astrophotographer Iván Éder captured this beautiful photograph back in 2004 from Budapest, Hungary.

The Moon and Venus are both bright enough to be observed during the day from people on the ground. When they’re close to one another in the sky, beautiful shots like this one can be snapped using a telescope.

Here’s a closer look at the two crescents:

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You actually don’t need extremely fancy camera gear for a shot like this. Éder was using a Nikon Coolpix 4300, a 4-megapixel compact camera (settings were 1/100s, f/11, and ISO100).

For you astrophotogs out there: Éder was also using a TMB 130/780 apochromat telescope (with a 30mm 2″ Vixen LV eyepiece) and a Synta EQ6 mount.

As an encore, Éder captured a very similar photograph a few years later, in 2007. This one was captured with a Canon 350D DSLR, a Skywatcher 80/600 ED apochromat, a Skywatcher EQ5 GOTO.

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…and a closer look:

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You can find higher resolution versions of these photographs on Éder’s website here and here.


Image credits: Photographs by Iván Éder and used with permission


 
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  • Min peniche

    amazing shot

  • Samcornwell

    Wow.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jonathan.maniago Jonathan Maniago

    Not enough bokeh.

    Seriously though, this is the kind of imagery that I thought only exists in CG graphics of movies and games. I’ve always wondered if there are other applications besides astronomy which would justify getting a telescope instead of the standard telephoto camera lens.

  • Bart Willems

    “You actually don’t need extremely fancy camera gear for a shot like this. Éder was using a Nikon Coolpix 4300, a 4-megapixel compact camera (settings were 1/100s, f/11, and ISO100).”

    Yeah, as long as you hook it up to a $6000 telescope with a ditto priced mount. Don’t forget to emphasize that part :)

  • Venus2

    the venus can reach a size of 60” (bogensekunden.. don´t know the english term right now)

    you dont need a telescop for this…

  • Alan Dove

    That’s no moon …

  • http://Raylarose.com/ Raymond Larose

    Actually, you can pull off this kind of detail with a moderate 8″ scope and (whatever P&S you like). This was a $500 Orion 8″ Newtonian.

  • http://www.vincentmorretinophotography.zenfolio.com/ fast eddie

    …it’s a space station!

  • http://twitter.com/nathanrae Nathan Rae

    Here is my Moon and Venus conjunction photo which was taken with a 300m lens.

  • http://twitter.com/idreamedof idreamedof

    Cool!

  • Jake

    Just in time to catch the Goodyear Comet’s orbit!

  • ray vera

    arcseconds

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  • http://nakedlunch02.wix.com/austin Mark Trevino

    Took this with just my Canon sx40 no telesope.I have much better ones too: