Late Crescent Moon, October 2018

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October 15th, 2018, 7:25 p.m. local time

Wonderful stargazing weather.  That is how I would describe last night, though I am sure some would disagree because it was a little on the chilly side.  For me, the colder the better, as it keeps the bugs away.  Clear sky and just a little breeze made for a great chance to see this October’s Southern showcase of Saturn, the Moon, and Mars.

I took this picture of the Moon with my phone through my 10″ Dobsonian.  It had been some time since I used this equipment setup, as I have been opting to use primarily my digital camera.  But for the Moon, afocal photography with a smartphone allows for the entire surface, and then some, to be captured in one image.

On a side note, afterward I used the light cannon on different parts of the sky, observing the Summer Triangle, Sagittarius, and Cassiopeia.

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