Life After Eclipse: 2% Waxing Crescent Moon

Life After Eclipse: 2% Waxing Crescent Moon

April 9th, 2024, 8:00 p.m. local time

I am writing this blog article before my eclipse post. I did see the eclipse and I did take a lot of photographs. That article will be coming within the next few days. As all of this is now in the past, let’s jump ahead (or back?) one day after the eclipse, when the next Moon crescent was visible.

This ~2% illuminated Moon is probably the thinnest I have photographed. I hunted for the shape shortly after Sunset Tuesday, using my binoculars first to find the Moon’s location in the still-bright sky. I judged that I had sufficient time in a very clear sky to retrieve and set up my telescope, still on tripod after Monday’s eclipse.

Note that the sky was skill blueish when I look the pictures, but I darkened the sky in post-processing.

Equipment Used:

127mm Mak-Cass telescope
23mm eyepiece
No eyepiece filter
iPhone 14 Pro
Smartphone telescope eyepiece adapter
NightCap app on iPhone
1/12 sec exposure
ISO 57
Focal length: 7mm
Touchups in PaintShop Pro and AfterShot Pro

Thank you for taking the time to read my article.



I write frequently about astrophotography, technology advice, and my other interests like science fiction. I have over 30 years of experience in computer programming, information technology, and project management.

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