Astrophotography: Saturn and the Moon

Saturday evening, June 27, 2009, Saturn and the Moon had another close encounter. This was much nearer than the one Thursday evening, and this time, Saturn was to the upper right of the moon.

The sky was nice and clear tonight, but it was difficult to get both the Moon and Saturn exposed properly, as the difference in brightness was so great. I got a nice picture of the moon, however.

[Note: Click on the thumbnail to see a larger version.]

Technical Notes: Both images were taken on my Nikon D200 tripod-mounted with a cable release. The first image used the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 and the second the Sigma 50-500mm.

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