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A few days ago we had a rare cosmic alignment in the skies over Sydney. The crescent moon, Venus, on the left, and Jupiter, on the right (the three brightest objects in the sky) came together in the same patch of sky to form a “smilie” or emoticon, depending on your generation. According to Sydney Observatory’s astronomer, Nick Lomb we won’t see this again until the early hours of July 21, 2036.
I learnt some valuable lessons from this night shot, (1) don’t put your tripod on thick spongy grass, (2) don’t try to do this type of setup without a remote shutter release and (3) don’t forget to have a small torch handy. Some of you will recognise the same old POV off my back yard, I must get out more often. Not a technically perfect shot, I couldn’t get the right balance in the exposure between the practical lights, the moon (very bright) and the two planets, all three were flaring from over-exposure. I tried to get just the crescent moon without the rest of the moon but not enough skills I’m afraid, unlike hay_keys (hAyAti) who managed his exposure perfectly, http://www.trekearth.com/gallery/photo998110.htm. Anyway this is the best out of the many shots I tried. As usual, I couldn’t decide between the landscape and the vertical crop so I’ve posted the vertical crop as a workshop.
Hope you enjoy both of the shots, it’s a long time before we get too see this again.

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Additional Photos by Peter Wall (phwall) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 986 W: 187 N: 1770] (6785)
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