The first week of September saw Earth's Moon and Jupiter in a slow nightly dance across the sky. At first Jupiter trailed the waxing Moon; the week ended with Jove leading. This picture was shot the night of September 1 from the Observatory's back yard. Light just above the trees is light pollution from a nearby small town.
I like the dark rays coming from the moon. Is that a feature of the lens, or have you done a bit of processing? (I'm guessing it's not a starburst filter, because Jupiter doesn't have them.)
I took similar photos from our back deck – but nothing turned out as well as yours!
Yeah, what you're seeing is an artifact from the lens, not a filter or
Photoshop effect. The original image was only cropped a bit and
exposure slightly adjusted in software. I was fascinated by the gaps in the lunar
"halo" myself and like the unexpected appearance. I uploaded the image
from a remote location and will be adding the EXIF data later so I
can't even say what the exposure was… just that it was 30 seconds or
less. You can also see a big lens flare directly under Jupiter. — JG (revised comment from Sept. 4)
Outside of the Moon's glare, the sky was pretty dark down to about tree level where a nearby town glows. Changing the exposure of my picture reveals some stars made it into the picture! I guess the keys were: lengthy exposure, tripod, clear dark sky. Thanks for the compliment! — JG