It was one of the most-talked-about astronomical events of the year -- the Great Conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn! The two heavenly bodies appear close to each other from our perspective about every 20 years, but are not usually close enough to be a big deal. The last time, in May 2000, they were 68.9 acrmins apart, or a bit more than two full Moons side-by-side. This year, however, they would draw as near as 6 arcminutes apart -- nearly on top of each other. The last time they were this close was back in 1623, in the days of Galileo; however, the two planets were close to the Sun, so it is likely that nobody witnessed it. Before that, there was the Great Conjunction of 1226, in the time of Genghis Khan, which was visible at night. Luckily for us young folk, the next close pass of Jupiter and Saturn will occur in only 2080, which some of us may live to see. (For more info, see this article in Scientific American).
I had put the event on my calendar some time ago, probably back in 2019, and set reminders for myself so I could prep. Of course, with all the chatter on the Internet, how could I forget? I started working up a plan back in the fall, and in the days leading up to closest approach, I did some test runs.
About a week before the actual night of closest approach, I saw on SkySafari that the two planets were close enough to catch in my refractor, and since it's positioned in such a way that I could see the two shortly after sunset before they disappeared behind the tree, I nabbed a video on my one-shot color ZWO ASI294MC Pro camera and produced an image.
I couldn't get AutoStakkert to align the frames because of the two separated targets, so I just had PIPP (Planetary Image Pre-Processor) sort them by goodness and I pulled the best frame from each of the two videos (one for Jupiter and one for Saturn, because of the two different exposure times needed) and combined them in Photoshop. So it's a little blurry, but still cool to see them so close!