~99% Waning Gibbous Moon, Last of 2023

~99% Waning Gibbous Moon, Last of 2023

December 26th, 2023, 11:16 p.m. local time

This one is not exactly a Full Moon, but it is close, on the other side of true Full. And it is likely the last Moon I will photograph for 2024 unless some ideal conditions open up.

Exposure is always hard with a near-Full Moon, and they are never as interesting as lesser discs which show off the Lunar crater formations. No guarantees but I will try to capture some of these Waning phases in early January.

Equipment Used:

  • 127mm Mak-Cass telescope
  • 23mm eyepiece
  • No eyepiece filter
  • iPhone 14 Pro
  • Smartphone telescope eyepiece adapter
  • NightCap app on iPhone
  • f/1.8
  • 1/5800 sec exposure
  • ISO 57
  • Focal length: 7mm
  • Touchups in PaintShop Pro and AfterShot Pro

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