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Jupiter and Quarter Moon in Morning Sky | by Stephen Little
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Jupiter and Quarter Moon in Morning Sky

Waking up early this morning I read an EarthSky post on Facebook describing a close appearance of Jupiter near the last quarter Moon. Thinking it would probably be too cloudy to see, I poked my head outside and was pleased to see the pair clearly visible high overhead. I quickly knew there'd problems trying to capture the pair with the camera: I could see a large bank of clouds speeding toward the little patch of blue sky where the pair were (meaning I wouldn't have time to set-up the tripod and would have to take the shot handheld), and I could feel how muggy the outside air was and knew that my lens would quickly fog (meaning I wouldn't have long after I stepped outside of air-conditioned house before the lens would be useless until it warmed-up, by which time the clouds would be hiding the pair). So I put the 500mm lens on the camera, opened the door, stepped outside, quickly found the target, and captured about five quick bursts of bracketed shots. So, the caveats: this was taken is a rush, handheld, with a fogging lens, through a muggy, clouding sky; out of 25 shots, one or two were okay.


EarthSky post describing scene:

SONY SLT-A77V | 500mm F8 1/1000 ISO2000 DSC05432

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Taken on September 8, 2012