The great combination of Jupiter and Saturn has been everywhere in the news in recent days. And if you were lucky enough to have a clear sky, you could observe it or take some photos. Photographer Jason De Freitas used this rare opportunity to take some photos and created something quite unique. He managed to capture the ISS route between Jupiter and Saturn during the conjunction – and he did it on film.
“I was incredibly lucky to learn that I could see the path of the International Space Station traveling through the Jupiter-Saturn conjunction,” says Jason. It took some serious planning to get this shot. Then, on December 17, he drove an hour to the exact spot where he would see the ISS traveling between the two planets.
The photo was taken at Jellore Lookout, Mittagong, Australia, at exactly 21:53:05, at a 10-year exposure. Jason used his Pentax 67 paired with the Takumar 600mm f / 4 lens with a Fujifilm Provia 100f roller inside. For tracking, he used the equatorial mount Skywatcher NEQ6. And here is the incredible photo he took:
Jason says this is probably the only blow he’s ever made. And I know for sure that it is the most unique photo of the great conjunction I have seen so far. If you want to get a print, you can order one through Jason’s web store. And be sure to check out his website and Instagram for more fantastic work.