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On the 18th August, Venus and Jupiter will be less than half the moons diameter apart and about one degree from M44 the Beehive cluster in Cancer. This opportunity arises barely an hour before dawn on this date when the apparition is only about 5 degrees above the eastern horizon. I'm sure it will be nearly as good on a few other dates either side of the 18th.

I know that imaging bright planets next to a much fainter cluster of stars low down in the twilight is likely to be difficult, but I'm hoping that some insomniac imagers might have ago and post some results weather permitting.

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A wide field view wouldn't show much if any planetary detail, but since this is the closest the two planets have been in 14 years and next to another interesting object, it would be nice to record it.

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