Conjunction of moon and Jupiter

I was up with the girls this morning before sunrise, preparing to take them to school. As is the routine, I looked out the window into the skies to see what the weather was like today. What greeted me was clear skies with the moon accompanied by a bright dot not too far from it. I knew that it was too bright to be a star – so it must be one of the planets.

While the girls were having their breakfast, I ran upstairs to grab my camera (Sony A7R + FE 70-200mm F4 lens). I proceeded to take some shots of the moon with the planet in view (about 100mm focal length used) handheld. That faint dot to the upper left is Jupiter. At the shutter speeds I used to reduce the brightness of the moon, only the really bright planets like Jupiter would be visible. Click on the images for the larger image.

Conjunction of moon and jupiter
Conjunction of moon and jupiter
Conjunction of moon and jupiter
Conjunction of moon and jupiter

After sending the girls to school, I returned home and went to grab my Sony A6000 + Sony 500mm F8 Mirror AF lens. This I had to shoot mounted on the tripod. At this focal length, there is no way I will be able to catch both together, but I had wanted to catch a bigger image of the planet .

Moon taken with Sony A6000 + 500mm F8 mirror lens
Moon taken with Sony A6000 + 500mm F8 mirror lens (100% crop)

You can see a few of Jupiter’s moons, and nearly the pattern on it as well.

Jupiter with 3 of its moons (the one further away is very faint)
Jupiter with 3 of its moons (the one furthest away is very faint) 100% crop
Jupiter with 3 of its moons (the one further away is very faint)
Jupiter with exposure reduced to show its colour (100% crop)

I knew it was something special this morning – just goes to show, you never know what exciting thing may be greeting you in the morning. Apparently this will still be visible tonight till dawn. Hopefully the skies will be clear.

Boon