Moon in the Gemini Constellation

When exposing for the dark side of the crescent moon, a lot of faint stars begin to appear. This one was taken at ISO 1000, f/2.8 and 1/5s.

If you are curious about the stars in your photographs, you can upload them to Astrometry.net, which will identify them with an overlay.

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36% Waxing Crescent Moon

Testing the Mirror Up setting to see if the photograph of the moon came out any sharper.

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18% Waxing Crescent Moon

Today, the moon rose at 9:25 AM. It will set shortly after midnight at 12:32 AM.

Last night, I took a photo of the crescent moon and Venus, the bright spot in the bottom right of the photo.

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Waxing Gibbous Moon 72% Illumination

Waxing Gibbous Moon taken on the morning of April 4, 2020 with 72% illumination.

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Waxing Gibbous Moon

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

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First Quarter Moon

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

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Hard Drive

Found an old hard drive and decided to take it apart to see how it looked inside. This drive, manufactured in 2008, boasted a capacity of 500GB, which is larger than the default storage for the current base model MacBook Air. Of course, hard drives are much slower than modern SSDs.

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Arc de Triomphe Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

ICI REPOSE UN SOLDAT FRANCAIS MORT POUR LA PATRIE

At the Arc de Triomphe, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier honors a soldier who died for his country during World War I. I visited during Bastille Day when the tomb was adorned with ribbons and flowers.

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Full Worm Moon

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.

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Arc de Triomphe and Les Misérables

Fans of Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables, the novel and the musical, should recognize this name on the Arc de Triomphe: Lamarque. The Paris riots that followed the funeral of General Jean Maximilien Lamarque is central to Les Misérables in that it provided Valjean the opportunity to save Javert and Marius Pontmercy.

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