Mike Wilson

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Taken about three blocks from my home on 4800 West in West Valley City on August 30th. I set my camera down low on a tripod, set it for a 10-second delay, then ran to my telescope and waited for the shutter to cllick.
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I went to an area just above the Salt Lake City Cemetary near 11th Avenue and Virginia Street on Sept 1st - the date of the actual conjunction.

Pictures 5-7
All pictures were taken by myself on September 6, 2005 out at the Great Salt Lake. Pictured are Venus (left) and Jupiter along with the Moon. Just below Venus is Spica. The streak near the right edge of the photo is a plane coming in for a landing at Salt Lake Internat'l Airport. I invited my daughter and her 3 children to accompany me to the lake for these series of photos. After playing in the sand for awhile, I had them all line of for a photo session. Alltogether, I took about 7 pictures of the event, starting at 43 minutes after local sunset. These three were taken at the 47, 48 and 49 minute mark. I didn't realize at the time that the Moon was beginning to cast a reflection on the lake's surface. If I had, I would have repositioned myself slightly so the the refelction would have fallen between the foreground silhouettes. Picture #7 was submitted and published on NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD) site on August 13, 2005.

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