The Moon aligns with Jupiter, Mars, & Saturn

The waning crescent Moon has moved by Jupiter, Saturn, and Mars in the early morning sky. My first image is a close up of the lunar crescent at 2020-04-16 11:18 UT from Austin, Texas.

Questar 1350/89mm telescope with a Sony a6300 camera at prime focus. Best 3 of 100 images stacked and deconvolve in Lynkeos. Final crop and exposure in Photoshop.

I also caught the lineup of the moon and planets with a wider lens at 2020-04-16 10:47UT.

Sony a6300 with 50mm f/1.8 lens. HDR composite with background exposed f/1.8 for 0.4 sec at ISO 1600. Moon exposure f/2.8 for 1/400 sec at ISO 100. Composite and exposure adjustment in Photoshop.

I use SkySafari to plan my choice of camera and lens for a shot like this:

This is my setup for lunar imaging with the Questar:

Content created: 2020-04-16

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