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Vesta

 

Using the camera by itself on my HEQ5 mount I took photos of Leo's head on 3 nights. I knew that the minor planet Vesta was near opposition in that region. Aligning the resulting images with GRIP I was able to make this 3-frame animation that shows the planet moving in a retrograde direction (the Earth overtaking it at opposition).

Canon EOS 5DMkII 24-105mm @ 102mm 32 x 10s f/4.0 ISO3200 2010-03-04 21:40:23-21:49:04 UT

Canon EOS 5DMkII 24-105mm @ 105mm 33 x 10s f/4.0 ISO3200 2010-03-06 22:09:25-22:17:44 UT

Canon EOS 5DMkII 24-105mm @ 105mm 33 x 10s f/4.0 ISO3200 2010-03-07 21:37:22-21:45:28 UT

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