Roger Samworth

Leo triplet in the morning (01/12/2019)

While waiting for “Mercury in the morning”, Leo was high in the sky, and although not ideally placed from the window-sill, I decided to try for an image of one of my favourite targets, the Leo triplet, NGC3628, M65 and M66. Not as good as my previous efffort (https://roslistonastronomy.uk/leo-triplet), but not too bad given dawn was just about breaking.

 

Mercury in the morning

Couldn’t sleep.

Compensation was clear skies at dawn from the window-sill.

Sony DSC-HX60

Inset with 80mm f/5 refractor + X2 barlow + PD camera,

A bit later-

Later:

Now had chance to look at the image sequence I took to investigate the “fake” Arcturus.

Here is one acquired 2 minutes earlier with Mercury still clear of the trees (and with a slightly different exposure)  that I have left uncropped to show the “real” Arcturus. No sign of the fake one!