Moon, Jupiter and Cloudy Skies!!

10 March - 7:30 pm CDT

10 March – 7:30 pm CDT

   So, as a follow-up to Sunday evening’s pictures of the Moon with nearby Jupiter to the west (right side), I went out last night planning to get some pictures of the waxing gibbous Moon on the east side of the Moon. As the banner graphic and the slideshow illustrates it was sort of a typical evening for me. It got cloudy, however the clouds thickened and thinned allowing me a few pictures of the Moon. As these two cropped pictures show it is a challenge to have an exposure setting that allows the dimmer Jupiter to show up without overexposing the much brighter Moon.
   For both pictures I used the same shutter speed of 1/13 second, and the same ISO of 200. However the Moon showed up best with a small aperture setting of f32, while Jupiter was set to f5.
   While waiting for a break in the clouds I started taking a picture sequence of the sunset. For some of the later pictures I adjusted the aperture setting to smaller values which in turn brightened the picture.

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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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