Cloud Hiatus Over

Cloud Hiatus Over

February 2nd, 2020, 9:25 p.m. local time

Hello, readers.  Feels like I have been away for a long time, but it’s only been about a month.  I could blame the weather…and I would be right!

This past month, especially the last several weeks, have been literally cloud-covered.  This is no exaggeration.  Every night I am outside, and every night for as far as I can recall in January, each was full overcast.  If you don’t believe me, there is a local news story here which backs up the claim.  It was so bad, I started counting the cloudy nights, starting on January 24th.  Only today did the Sun finally shine in a clear day and, more importantly, the night sky was finally clear.

I celebrated this august event by taking out my DSLR camera to shoot the Moon.  The temperature was near freezing, but the air was quiet and peaceful, so I did not mind it at all for the few minutes I took pictures.  A final post-processed image from the set is included with this post.

I’ve been working other projects, but do hope to continue stargazing and taking pictures as I can.  We should only have a few more weeks of deep Winter, though it sometimes lasts into March and even April.

It will be a fun year.  Jupiter and Saturn’s oppositions are a mere five months away.  Mars returns to opposition this year.  I look forward to chronicling these events here to share with you.

Image settings for reference:

  • f/8
  • 1/250 sec exposure
  • ISO 100
  • 300mm lens


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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