Here’s the photos of the great planet pile-up!

I had to look around some encroaching high clouds, but Venus, Jupiter and Mercury were impatiently waiting for me to take their photo as they were arranged in a backwards “L” this Monday night (May 27). I say impatiently because the earth keeps rotating and waits for no one. The planets became visible about 20 minutes after sunset, first Venus (the brightest), then Jupiter (to the left of Venus), then faintest, but highest – Mercury.
Here’s a zoomed-in photo with the 250mm telephoto of the trio, about 30 minutes after sunset, with my Canon XS on a mini-tripod on the roof of my Subaru.

Close-up of Venus (lower left), Jupiter (on the right) and Mercury (way up, straight up over Venus) Monday May 27 1/2 hour after sunset

Close-up of Venus (lower left), Jupiter (on the right) and Mercury (way up, straight up over Venus) Monday May 27 1/2 hour after sunset

Same scene, but turned the camera on its side to get more of the vertical view, including some trees on the horizon.
This is a longer (1/2 second) exposure, so the planets are brighter, but fortunately, the sky was not bright enough to overwhelm the planets in this scene.
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This is a wider view – enlarge to see the planets in the middle of the view…
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Bonus photo of some sunspots that I took today through the 200mm telescope.
We are nearing the maximum activity for this cycle, but it’s been a weaker than typical cycle.

Sun with spots. Canon XS with 2x barlow attached to 200mm telescope. ISO-200, 1/400 second exposure.

Sun with spots. Canon XS with 2x barlow attached to 200mm telescope. ISO-200, 1/400 second exposure.

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