Four Planets and a Moon

September 16, 2018  •  14 Comments

I've been trying to get a panorama of Mars, Saturn, Jupiter and Venus in an arc across the night sky for several nights now. It seems to be when the moon is half full I get the right combination of darkness in the sky and illumination from the moon to get some detail in the trees and horizon so Camera Raw can match edges and stitch the panoramas together. The moon looks more like a star than the moon, but the moon is too bright to get a correct exposure of it and still see the planets and surroundings.  I've included two slightly different views from the levee (the second panorama is about 500 feet south of the first) with a duplicate of each image identifying the planets and the moon (I didn't really need to label the moon, but the images didn't look right without the moon labeled). Laurie is somewhere far ahead of me on the levee, as she kept walking while I stopped to take the photos. I also included a composite photo of the moon's phases from 9/11 to 9/15. For whatever reason, that I don't remember, I did not get a photo of the moon on 9/12.



Moon on 9/11, 9/13, 9/14 and 9/15.




Lavinia Ross(non-registered)
Yes, I like planet Laurie! I love that moon composite.
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T & L Photos
Hi David. Planet Laurie is know to disappear and reemerge through wormholes. Planet Laurie also bounces around like ball lightning.
It's been a good couple weeks for us backyard astronomers with the telescopes. Planet Laurie, though, seems not to be on any of the charts ... not even on Stellarium. Very unusual planet behavior.
T & L Photos
Thanks, Couriers.
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