Jupiter and the Moon pose for a photo shoot

Overexposure can be a problem for photos for a family-friendly web site, but not in this case as Jupiter and the Moon patiently pose together while I fumble with exposures and other camera settings on my wonderful Canon Rebel XS on a sturdy tripod (thanks, kids for that great Christmas present!).
Here’s a 1/2 second exposure, ISO 400, f8 that gives an idea of the scene as seen by the human eye.

Jupiter is fainter and to the right of the bright, thin crescent moon.

Jupiter is fainter and to the right of the bright, thin crescent moon.


Here a close up of the Moon, zooming in with a 250 mm variable lens; f8, 1/80 second, ISO 400, cropped from larger photo…
Moon, Canon SX 250mm lens on tripod

Moon, Canon SX 250mm lens on tripod


And the same moon, overexposed (!) to show a lunar mountain as a dot on the left (south) end of the crescent. (Cropped from a larger photo.)
Note the isolated lunar peak lit by the sun on the left end of the crescent

Note the isolated lunar peak lit by the sun on the left end of the crescent

Settings: f8 ISO 400 1/10 second exposure.
Jupiter’s moons are barely visible, even at the 250 mm setting. This is cropped from a larger scene to show the four moons to the lower right of the planet. (Look carefully for the faintest moon, farthest to the right. 1 second exposure at ISO 400.
Jupiter and 4 moons.

Jupiter and 4 moons.

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