Only taken with a 300mm lens as my big one sadly was lent out.
Last night Saturn was the nearest to the full moon that it will be for some time. There is a heck of a distance between the moon and Saturn, but its rings were much more pronounced than usual.
OK you may need a magnifying glass on this pic ;-) but you can see the disc shape, and when you think that Saturn is 750 million miles (1.2 billion kilometers) from the earth (!!), and the most distant planet visible to the naked eye, it’s rather fascinating. A wee bit further away than yer weekly trip to the local supermarket!
No brownie points for the quality (shame I lent out my old 600mm with 2x converter last week) – this was only with Canon 300 at full stretch, 1/20th sec shutter speed, tripod mounted. The almost full moon was not far out of the picture to the right. Saturn was a tiny pin-prick in the sky compared with the size of the moon.
Wasn’t sure whether to put this very small pic up – please enlarge – but this event only happens on one day in conjunction with a full or almost full moon, which was yesterday, and now a long wait for the next time!