Venus and the Pleiades, 2012 vs. 2020
by Frank Russello 2012 and Joe Stieber 2020
Frank Russello captured Venus in the Pleiades (M45) on April 3, 2012 at 8:58 pm, Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS (APS C sensor), 300 mm focal length; 4 seconds at f/5.6, ISO 400.
Joe Stieber captured Venus in the Pleiades (M45) on April 3, 2020 at 10:22 pm EDT, Canon EOS RP (full frame sensor), 400 mm focal length; 0.6 seconds at f/5.6, ISO 3200. Venus is about a quarter degree west of the position in Frank's image. The vertical "light pillar" extending above and below Venus is evidently due to the hazy/cloudy conditions.
Joe writes: I was surprised to even see Venus at all this evening as the Clear Sky Chart looked unfavorable and it was completely overcast at sunset. Just by chance, I looked out the back window (facing west) about 10 pm and happened to see some clearing had occurred and Venus was visible, so I dashed to the local baseball field complex for a look and a snapshot. By then, Venus was down to 10.5° altitude.
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