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Waxing Gibbous Moon

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Waxing Gibbous Moon 62% illuminated on April 2, 2020. Used camera lens instead of telescope this time.

First Quarter Moon

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First Quarter Moon with 51% illumination. The full moon will arrive in a week on April 8, 2020.

Full Worm Moon

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The last few nights have been overcast. I was able to see the Full Worm Moon this morning before sunrise. It soon descended into a low bank of clouds and disappeared.

Last Quarter Moon

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Took a morning photo of the last quarter moon with 55% illumination. I used a Nikon AF-S Nikkor 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens for this photo, so the moon was “smaller” than usual. At the 300mm focal length, I can still see the craters quite clearly and even the slow f/5.6 aperture is still two full stops faster than the f/11 aperture when using the telescope.

The focusing ring of the lens was adequate. It got the job done, but didn’t feel smooth and precise. However, I found it easier to focus using the camera lens because any minute vibration when using the telescope would send the image on the back of the camera oscillating.

Two Moons

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Two moons taken about a week apart. The top is a 82% illuminated waxing gibbous moon. ISO 1600 at 1/1,250s. The bottom is a 12% illuminated waxing crescent moon. ISO 1600 at 1/1,000s.

The crescent moon is actually quite dim so I had to adjust the exposure in post-processing more. The waxing gibbous moon was approaching a full moon in a few days. This is better than a full moon because where the light drops off, the craters are more visible.

Waning Gibbous Moon 99%

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On the night after the Wolf Moon, the moon entered the waning gibbous phase with a 99% illumination. You can see the craters on the right edge of the moon.

Since I recently watched First Man, I decided to track down the Apollo 11 landing site. The rocket 🚀 emoji is where Neil Armstrong took the giant leap for mankind.

36% Waxing Crescent Moon

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Headed out to see the crescent moon this evening. Fortunately, I was able to locate it on the telescope even though the EZ Finder II was out of batteries. Again. That really needs an auto-off function.