Picture: Waxing gibbous moon and companion.
Yesterday evening I stepped outside our kitchen door, and what to my wandering eye should appear, but the moon hanging high in the sky. The light of a brilliant star shone nearby. Having taken an astronomy class back in college, I knew by the brightness of this heavenly companion it was more likely a planet rather than a star. Without any expectation of figuring out what the companion was, I decided it was at least worth taking a photo of these two celestial bodies in close proximity to one another.
I proceeded to grab my tripod, my new Nikon D800 camera, and my 500mm f/4 lens. I then switched my camera to DX mode, thereby rendering the effective focal length at about 750mm.
Needless to say, I was pretty well surprised when I imported the few frames into Lightroom, and looked at 100%. There before me wasn’t just a star, but the easily identifiable striped atmosphere of our solar system’s resident gas giant planet, Jupiter. Not only that, I was able to make out clearly two of Jupiter’s brightest moons.
Now if I can just photograph a UFO with the same resolution and clarity….
Edit: And here by special request is a 100% view of the lunar surface: