~ Mars and Saturn’s glorious encounter with Scorpius and Rho Ophiuchi ~
In the wide field section.
The award is not one of the main awards,
but it's recognition that the judge Dr David Malin liked my photograph :-)
On the evening of the 7th May 2016 a beautiful cosmic show was going on in our night sky with the magnificent red planet Mars on show close to the stars of Scorpius. Also in the same wide field, was the pretty planet Saturn that was embedded near the dark dust lanes around the glorious area of Rho Ophiuchi,
which is in the constellation of Ophiuchus.
The images were taken at my Stardust Observatory in a very dark sky with a Canon 70D camera and a Canon 70-200mm F2.8 lens set at f4.5. The focal length was set at 73mm and ISO1600. There were 14x 5-minute light and 6x5 minute dark images taken, which were stacked in Deep Sky Stacker and processed in PS CS4. The camera was attached to the top of a tracking Meade LX200 10 inch telescope.
To see all the stunning images that won please go to the 2017 CWAS website at: