Venus and Moon Getting Closer

Venus and Moon Getting Closer

November 7th, 2021, 5:21 p.m. local time

Due to the overnight time change, today’s starlog appears to be 23 hours behind yesterday’s.  But my back-to-back evening sessions were effectively 24 hours apart, as I had to set up “earlier” today, in the late afternoon.

As promised, the Moon has appeared to creep closer to Venus.  From my home’s vantage, this photograph was far simpler as the Moon easily cleared the trees a day later.

The only uncooperative aspect of the session was the weather.  Clouds overlayed the entire Southeast, of course being the one section of sky garnering my attention.  But it did not turn out too bad.  From 55 photo snaps, about 20 were publish-worthy, and so you see one of them above.

I used my best wide lens.  As the minutes went by and the scene grew darker, it became harder to focus on either object.  This is where experience buttressed my attempts, when I had to take my best-guesses on if I was close, just by the feel of the Sigma’s focus wheel.  The task is far easier when the Moon is fuller.

Monday being a work day, I do not know if I will be able to try for a third straight night.  Time and clouds will tell.

Photography settings:

  • Canon EOS Rebel SL3
  • f/5.6
  • 1/4 sec exposure
  • ISO 400
  • Sigma wide field lens, 50mm focal length
  • Minor post-processing in PaintShop Pro


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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