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2002 Planetary Alignment & Comet Utsunomiya

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The 2002 planetary alignment includes the five (six if you consider the Earth in the foreground) inner planets, all conveniently visible after sunset. As an added bonus, Comet Utsunomiya was close to Mercury, though it was so dim, it doesn't show up in the widefield shots.

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Planetary Alignment - High resolution (medium format) version
Mercury & Comet Utsunomiya


Technical data:

  • Date/Time: 4 May 2002
  • Location: OCA Anza site
  • Lens/Scope: Nikon 35-70mm zoom @ 35mm f/2.8
  • Camera: Nikon 5005
  • Exposure: 10 sec.
  • Film: Kodak Gold 100 (negative)
  • Mount: Stationary Tripod
  • Guiding: --
  • Image Processing: Photoshop