Tonight the western sky was adorned with a beautiful sliver of our Moon, shining in the twilight. I dug out my camera, tripod, and long lens to try a few shots, partly because I find the crescent Moon fascinating but also to practice for the total lunar eclipse that will take place the night of April 14 – 15. (Totality will occur here in Ohio in the wee hours before 3:00 AM on the 15th.) Tonight, thin clouds lightly veiled the sinking Moon but I was fairly happy with my results: the bright sliver of reflected sunlight, the cratered roughness of the terminator, and the mottled blue shadowed Earth-lit face of Luna all recorded. All but two of the images were in good focus and showed no blur from camera vibration. The eclipsed Moon will be much more colorful than tonight’s and I can only hope the skies will be clear for it!
UPDATE: Unfortunately clouds and bad weather moved in the night of the eclipse. With no prospects of seeing, much less photographing, the event I went to be. Sometime around 2:45 AM my internal clock woke me so I arose from bed, went downstairs to the landing where a wonderful window faces west, and looked up to where the Moon would be. Nope! Nothing but wet cloud-bottoms! Back to bed.