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Mike Shaw
Carlos Avery Wildlife Refuge, Minnesota, USA
10:05 pm

Equipment Details:

Nikon D850A Astro-modified (Spencer's Camera)
Nikon 200 - 500 mm lens @200 mm
ISO 10,000, f/5.6, 2.0 sec
Really Right Stuff Tripod

Post-processing Details:

Edited in Adobe Lightroom to decrease image noise and adjust whites, highlights, shadows and blacks.
Edited in Adobe Photoshop: Selective Color adjustments

Image Details:

The Mercury - Venus conjunction of 2020 is seen here setting over a peaceful lake in the Carlos Avery Wildlife Refuge in central Minnesota. If only the sounds of the frogs and songbirds could be included! Reflections of both planets are visible in the still lake surface, a good indicator of the serenity of the evening. This image was made under the provisions of a Special Use permit to access the normally closed Wildlife refuge at night.