Location of Photo:
La Jolla, CA, USA
Date/Time of photo:
May 1, 2020, at 2000 PDT
Celestron 8 inch SCT Reflector, Canon Eos 760D camera, Astronomik CLS filter, Pixinsight 1.8.8 software
Venus, seen here last evening in the Western sky, is getting pretty spectacular as it gets ready to round the sun and become a morning star. As it gets closer to the sun (as we see it), it gets bigger and brighter, but a smaller portion is lit, so that it takes on a crescent ("moon-like") appearance. Image is a stack of 20 at ISO 800 through an 8 inch Celestron reflecting telescope with a Canon Eos 760D camera and an Astronomik CLS filter. Hazy and cloudy, so not as sharp as I'd have liked. And, yes, it is blue!