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Photographer:

Noel Cramer

Email:

noel.cramer@bluewin.ch

Location of Photo:

Geneva, Switzerland

Date/Time of photo:

April 2, 2012 19h35m GMT

Equipment:

Pentax K5 camera with Pentax smc A* 200mm F2.8 lens on fixed tripod. Diaphragmed to F:5.6, 1600 ISO, 12 2sec exposures stacked with RegiStax and corrected for 2sec linear drift with FocusMagic software.

Description:

Venus close to the Pleiades cluster. Venus is spectacularly bright in comparison to the "bright" Pleiades stars. The extended diffraction spikes are due to the 8 blades of the diaphragm.

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