Did you happen to catch the view of the crescent Moon and crescent Venus this morning? Ted Judah from Petaluma, California did, and what an incredible shot this is! Ted used a Canon 30d attached to an Orion 100mm aperture refractor, making it essentially a 900mm f/9 lens. Ted said this is about a 1 second exposure at 200 ISO speed. Click on the image (and then again) to see a larger version of this great image.
The duo should also be visible during the day today — just look around for the crescent Moon, and scan the sky around it for Venus. Venus is usually visible in broad daylight, but the trick is knowing where to look for it. Today, just look for the moon!
Thanks Ted, for sharing your photo. If anyone else was able to nab a photo of the Moon and Venus and would like to share it, either post a link in the comments below, or insert it the comments, or send it to me.
Here’s another image sent in by Bob Bowhay, who took the picture from west central Alberta, Canada at 5:53 AM. “Sorry about the electric power lines,” Bob said. That’s just fine, Bob — this is a great picture! Notice how a crater is visible right near the terminator.