Sydney Opera House and Planetary Conjunction at Dawn by Mike Salway

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In the early morning of the 5th May 2011, I lugged my camera gear to work to photograph a unique planetary conjunction in the pre-dawn sky over the Sydney Opera House.

The conjunction of Jupiter, Venus, Mars and Mercury in the pre-dawn sky was taking place all throughout the month of May, and I had planned this morning to capture the beautiful sky scene as the backdrop, featuring the Sydney Opera House in the foreground.

Captured with a Canon 40D + 24-105mm lens, 35mm, ISO400, 0.8s exposure @ f/4.5.

More details here on my blog:
Sydney Opera House and Planetary Conjunction at Dawn

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My name is Mike Salway and I’m an amateur astronomer and photographer.

I’m the co-founder of the Amateur Astronomy community site, IceInSpace, and my personal blog site and image gallery is at

I love high resolution planetary imaging and deep-space imaging using a telescope, and I love capturing wide field vistas that involve a lovely foreground scene combined with astronomical interest in the sky.

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  • CapturedByKylie
    CapturedByKylieover 3 years ago

    This is stunning!
    Absolutely gorgeous sunrise and to capture the planets was also a great opportunity.

  • ozzzywoman
    ozzzywomanover 3 years ago

    excellent work Mike

  • Colin12
    Colin12over 3 years ago

    Nicely done Mike

  • Adri  Padmos
    Adri Padmosover 3 years ago

    Brilliant capture, Mike; well done!

  • Andrew Murrell
    Andrew Murrellover 3 years ago

    That is damb impressive Mike. Love it.

  • Mike Salway
    Mike Salwayover 3 years ago

    Many thanks for your comments. It was a lovely morning and I’m happy I was able to capture that scene.

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