Saturday, 25 February 2012

The Sky at Night

Last night was an opportunity to see Jupiter, Venus and the crescent Moon shining brightly in a line just after Sunset. The first photo was taken with the Canon 350D fitted with an EFS 18-55mm lens set to 24mm. It was a longish exposure of 20 seconds at f3.5 and the Moon was over exposed to say the least, losing its crescent shape. The three bright objects running top left to bottom right are Jupiter, Venus and the Moon. The red streak below Venus is the lights from a commercial aircraft. What initially caught my eye was the Moon, though most was in shadow the full circle could be faintly made out.


This cropped photo of the Moon was taken with the Canon 50D fitted with an EF 100-400mm lens set to 400mm:  1/32 second at f5.6


I don't know why but photos seem to end up darker when they have been uploaded to Flickr.


  1. Nice photos, John. Amazing detail of the moon's craters.

  2. First and last quarter of the Moon are about the best times Wilma. Nice deep shadows to make the craters stand out.


Thank you for visiting. Hope you enjoyed the pictures. Any comment, or correction to any information or identification I get wrong, is most welcome. John

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