It was a bit of a race against the brightening dawn skies, hoping that Jupiter and Mars would clear the tree-line before they were dimmed by the impending day light.
I glimpsed tantalising views of Jupiter and the 4 Galilean Moons through the thin foliage as the topmost branches swayed in the light breeze then finally, Jupiter and Mars heaved themselves clear of the tree-line and I got to work recording this close conjunction.
I took several frames at varying ISO speeds (ISO100 to ISO3200) and shutter speeds (1/8 sec to 30 secs) so I could later select frames that showed the field stars (Jupiter and Mars grossly over exposed) and the disc of Jupiter with the equatorial bands.
A little bit of Photoshop magic allowed me to combine the sets and produce this composite.
Whilst waiting, I also grabbed some shots of Messier 42 (M42) a bright nebula with its show piece Trapezium stars dazzling like diamonds in the middle of the frame.
Canon 5D Mk IV, 210mm dia F/11.5 telescope with a x1.6 Extender to give an efl of 3860mm.