Sunday, May 20, 2007

Mercury, the Moon, and Venus

As I mentioned in my last post, more images from the evening of May 17th.

You can see the Moon--but look closely at the support wires on the left side of the crane--see Mercury?

Through the telescope, the autofocus picks up the high contrast of the crane--and makes Mercury a round blur.

Forcing the focus to Mercury.

Venus, much higher up in the sky, but still subject to atmospheric dispersion.

You can see the turbulence by viewing this video of Venus here (753kB, 0:17 WMV).

The wide view.

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