Mars and the Beehive Cluster

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   I finally had a chance to get outside to take some pictures of Mars and the Beehive Cluster this morning. Having missed the last two mornings when Mars was alongside of the Beehive Cluster I was eager to get at least some pictures before Mars moved away from the star cluster. This morning it was sort of a race between sunrise and a steadily brightening sky and waiting for Mars to rise above the trees on the east side of my house. This picture was taken at 6 am CDT using an 18mm lens set to F5.6, 6 Seconds, and an ISO setting of 1600. The banner picture at the top of the page was taken with a 55 mm lens and the same shutter settings as before.

   
   
   Click here to go to the Qué tal in the Current Skies web site for more observing information for this month.

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