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:
- 1/250 sec exposure
- ISO 100
- 300mm lens