Leap Day Moon, Venus, and Choice Confirmations

Moon and Venus

February 29th, 2020, 6:40 p.m. local time

Today’s post is best started two days prior.  For those of you that were able to see it, the Moon and Venus were very close that night.  It was a wonderful sight, and I had a very clear skies.  The only problem was the cold and bitter wind which swayed me against taking the camera out.

I kind of regretted not doing it for the next two days.  After all, a moment like that doesn’t happen very often.  Still, this Saturday evening was clear again and so I got the camera and tripod out, and took the above image.

Only one problem, though, was that the temperature was still a tad below freezing, and boy I felt it in my fingers quickly.  For both Venus and the Moon closeup (below), I hurried along the focusing and pictures, more than I usually prefer.

So the only silver lining is that I realized, if tonight’s cold and mild wild was unpleasant, it just wouldn’t have been worth it on Thursday night.  At least I got to have the experience of witnessing the Moon and Venus close together, once again.

(Side note – Uranus is allegedly in the above image, close to Venus.  But again, it was just too cold to fiddle with the camera’s settings to play with a high ISO.)

February 29th, 2020

Image settings for reference (Moon closeup):

  • f/5.6
  • 1/250 sec exposure
  • ISO 100
  • 300mm lens

Cloud Hiatus Over

Click for full-sized image.

February 2nd, 2020, 9:25 p.m. local time

Hello, readers.  Feels like I have been away for a long time, but it’s only been about a month.  I could blame the weather…and I would be right!

This past month, especially the last several weeks, have been literally cloud-covered.  This is no exaggeration.  Every night I am outside, and every night for as far as I can recall in January, each was full overcast.  If you don’t believe me, there is a local news story here which backs up the claim.  It was so bad, I started counting the cloudy nights, starting on January 24th.  Only today did the Sun finally shine in a clear day and, more importantly, the night sky was finally clear.

I celebrated this august event by taking out my DSLR camera to shoot the Moon.  The temperature was near freezing, but the air was quiet and peaceful, so I did not mind it at all for the few minutes I took pictures.  A final post-processed image from the set is included with this post.

I’ve been working other projects, but do hope to continue stargazing and taking pictures as I can.  We should only have a few more weeks of deep Winter, though it sometimes lasts into March and even April.

It will be a fun year.  Jupiter and Saturn’s oppositions are a mere five months away.  Mars returns to opposition this year.  I look forward to chronicling these events here to share with you.

Image settings for reference:

  • f/8
  • 1/250 sec exposure
  • ISO 100
  • 300mm lens