Venus & Moon ~ 25 January 2012 ~ Evening Sky over Reno, NV

I saw on EarthSky that there would be a great pairing of the moon and Venus so I took my camera out to the backyard yesterday evening…and promptly decided my tripod, that I’ve had for 25+ years, needs to be upgraded. LOL! I tried though and here are a few shots using my Panasonic FZ150.


To set things up…a picture of STAR WALK app on my iPad.

Da Moon ~ around 5 pm using just the auto setting on my camera and hand held.

This one around 7-ish pm.


When you look at a crescent moon shortly after sunset or before sunrise, you can sometimes see not only the bright crescent of the moon, but also the rest of the moon as a dark disc. That pale glow on the unlit part of a crescent moon is light reflected from Earth. Itโ€™s called โ€œearthshine.โ€

๐Ÿ™‚ That’s what I caught in this photograph!

11 thoughts on “Venus & Moon ~ 25 January 2012 ~ Evening Sky over Reno, NV

  1. That’s cool! I didn’t know you could see the dark part of the moon when it’s just a little crescent. Maybe I need to get my eyes checked?

    What lens and settings did you use to get those pics of the moon so clear and close?

    Pam in IL

    • I bought myself a Panasonic Lumix FZ150 not too long ago…the lens I’m using is the standard one that came with the camera. LOL! Nothing special. It’s a Leica DC Vario-Elmarit 1:2.8-5.2/4.5-108 ASPH. Power O.I.S./25mm Wide 24x Optical Zoom. The settings was just set on Automatic…I haven’t played with manual settings in a while so I didn’t want to chance it last night.

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