For those who missed Binocular Saturday…..

….. here’s some photos that give some indications of what you can still go out and see this week!
Mercury and Venus were closest on Saturday, but Mercury will be visible lower each day to the lower right of Venus for a week.
Here’s the scene last night…. click for full size…

Canon XS on tripod attached to street sign, f/2, 1/30 seconds, ISO-400, 50mm.

Canon XS on tripod attached to street sign, f/2, 1/30 seconds, ISO-400, 50mm.

Venus is the brightest dot and Mercury is just to its lower right.

Here’s the V-shaped Hyades and dipper-shaped Pleiades at top and Comet Lovejoy down at the bottom as a tiny blue-green fuzzball….(Sorry, I didn’t turn the photo, so ‘down’ is to the left.

Click the photo, below, to see Jupiter and the tiny moons next to the planet
[caption id="attachment_1980" align="alignnone" width="300"]F/5.6, 1/10 second, 250mm zoom lens, ISO-1600 F/5.6, 1/10 second, 250mm zoom lens, ISO-1600

Binocular-like view of Pleiades with a 250mm focal length lens…
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Here’s a glimpse of the Orion Nebula through the camera’s 250mm lens – it’s even better with your own eyes and binoculars or telescope – see for yourself!

Orion nebula with 250fl Canon XS on tripod 1 second exposure

Orion nebula with 250fl Canon XS on tripod 1 second exposure

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