Venus and the Moon

Venus has been a constant companion in the evening twilight for several months now, but that’s all about to change as it heads towards inferior conjunction on 13 August 2023. This evening a few clouds parted to allow a lovely view (and photo opportunity) of Venus near the waxing crescent Moon. Image taken with a Canon 6D on a static tripod, 2s exposure @ f/11, ISO 1600 using a 50-500 telephoto lens set at 363mm. Image time 21:52 UT.

Update: The image below is a wider view which shows Mars (up against the left hand frame edge) which was present in the area too.

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