September 30th, 2020, 11:45 p.m. local time

Clear and cold on the final night of September, the Moon was incredibly bright, with strengthening Mars following just to the East. If it wasn’t the middle of the work week I would have tried for telescopic photography, but instead settled for my digital camera on tripod, with my longest lens.

This is an “almost” Full Moon.  If you look closely on the upper left you can still see a few crater shadows.  Technically it won’t be truly full for another 16 hours.

In other news, my wrist seems to be completely healed.  As they say in the corporate world, “out of an abundance of caution,” I still haven’t put any big strains on it, particularly in lifting my Dobsonian outside.  I did lift it briefly last week with no problems.  My plan is to resume using the telescope as close to Mars’s opposition as possible.  I can only hope the weather will be as cool and perfect as it was tonight.

Image settings for reference:

  • f/5.6
  • 1/1000 sec exposure
  • ISO 100
  • 300mm lens
  • Minor post-processing in PaintShop Pro