Saturn-Moon Conjunction

   This morning the waning crescent Moon passed within 1 degree from the planet Saturn. I spent about an hour outside, from 6:30 to 7:30 or so, and in that time waited until the Moon and Venus moved out from behind the occulting tree branches of an Oak tree in the backyard; took pictures of Saturn and the Moon, then an ISS flyover, and then back to Saturn and the Moon. I completely forgot about Mars near Spica and the very bright Venus rising through the trees. Next time!
    The two pictures below represent my efforts to find the right settings to not overexpose the Moon, but still manage to get something not as bright like Saturn in the same picture. The settings are on each one and are more legible if you click on either image to see it full size. I used a 250 mm lens by the way. These pictures below are actually cropped pictures from the originals.



Caution: Objects viewed with an optical aid are further than they appear.
   Click here to go to the Qué tal in the Current Skies web site for more observing information for this month.

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