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Photographer:

Bob Christmas

Email:

bxmas@interlynx.net

Location of Photo:

Burlington, Ontario, Canada

Date/Time of photo:

April 4, 2012, approx 9:30pm EDT

Equipment:

Canon Digital Rebel 300D on Tamron 300mm telephoto lens, stopped down to f/4. Lens and camera were tracked on a Super Polaris equatorial mount. 5 x 20 seconds (100 seconds of exposure in total), ISO 400.

Description:

Venus is beside the Pleiades (M45) on the evening of April 4, 2012. The diffraction spikes of Venus are from the aperture leaves of the lens.

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