Mars-Saturn-M44 Conjunction (June 17, 2006)

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On June 17, 2006, the planets Mars and Saturn, along with the large open cluster M44 (The Beehive Cluster) appeared in the evening sky about a half hour before the grouping set. I captured it (not very well) with my new 600 mm lens.

Object Conjunction Between Saturn, Mars, and M44
Common Name Conjunction Between Saturn, Mars, and the Beehive Cluster
Date, Time, & Moon June 17, 2006 @ 9:30 PM; No Moon
Location SBO Telescope at CU Boulder
Optics 600 mm f/9.6 camera lens
Camera Canon Digital Rebel 350D XT
Exposure Details 2.25 minutes; 9 15-second frames stacked; ISO 100
Optical Correction No Dark-Correction; 2-D polynomial flatframe corrections
Camera Position Clock Drive Mount
Guiding Passive Clock Drive
Processing Details IDL - Flatframe correction and image addition
PhotoShop CS - Alignment, Levels Adjustment, Unsharp Mask, and Gaussian Blur
Magnitude Depth Complete to 9.5th, down to 10.5 in some places.
Field of View approx. 2°
Notes None.