In what has become a busy week for astrophotography, the Moon and Venus danced close together this evening, with the Moon in its faintest mode and Venus in its brightest.
Both were actually crescents. Unlike the Moon, which is in a crescent phase when it is least bright, Venus is at its brightest when it is a crescent. This is because it can only be a crescent when it is relatively close to us, and can only be full when it is on the other side of the sun from us (and thus fainter due to distance).
[Click on the thumbnail to see a larger version of the picture.]
Technical Notes: All pictures taken on my Nikon D200, tripod mounted with a cable release. The first three close-ups used my Sigma 50mm-500mm f/5.6 at maximum magnification. The fourth was taken with my Sigma 24mm-70mm f/2.8. The last two were taken with my Nikon 70mm-200mm f/2.8.
Hat tip to Paul G. for reminding me this was happening.
Saturday Update: I was rushing a bit to get this post up last night, and I forgot to post the real close-ups that I wanted. So here you go.
These are all crops of images taken with the Sigma 50mm-500mm f/5.6.