A Community Devoted to the Preservation and Practice of Celestial Navigation and Other Methods of Traditional Wayfinding
From: David C
Date: 2020 Jul 14, 21:56 -0700
David P and Frank wrote
You wrote regarding David C's photo in this message:
"However, maybe I'm a bit dim, but I can't work out why the Moon is round. We're approaching neaps in the UK."
It's simply over-exposed. It's difficult to get a photo of the Moon that shows its features and phase and a sharp limb when the camera's exposure (an "auto" setting?) is set for the broader field of view.
The mars...moon...venus photo was an "opportunity" snap with my phone. If I had gone inside to get my camera venus would have disappeared behind the mist.
When I first went outside I saw an object in the western sky and thought "that is venus". Then I turned my head and saw an object east of the moon many orders of magnitude brighter. It looked like an aircraft with its landing lights on but when it did not move I decided that it was venus.