Location of Photo:
Burlington, Ontario, Canada
Date/Time of photo:
April 4, 2012, approx 9:30pm EDT
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.
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.