April 19th, 2018, 08:35 p.m. local time
On Monday we had the wonderful pairing of the Moon and Venus. They were framed perfectly side-by-side in the early evening Western sky. Yesterday brought snow, which meant clouds and nothing to see. But all the snow melted by afternoon today and the sky cleared once again. The Moon is now significant higher than Venus after Sunset, and fuller. So I took my digital camera and tripod outside to take the above picture.
It is significantly harder to manually focus on the Moon when it is a waxing crescent like this. That is because there is less surface area to gauge than, by comparison, the Full Moon.