Five minutes of astrophotography

The Moon, Venus, and Jupiter have putting on quite a show in the last few evenings. The sky was quite clear about 6:30 PM Monday night and they were very striking. On a whim I pulled out my Blackberry to see what I could do with it. I just held it in my hand — no tripod. Here is what I got, cropped appropriately:

You can see the Moon and (barely, near the right edge) Venus. Jupiter was between them, but, being dimmer, is not visible. Not surprising, given the minimal optics and effort put into the picture.

Just for fun, I brought up the picture in Microsoft’s Photo Editor and clicked on autobalance. Lo and behold, Jupiter appeared, and Venus was much more apparent:

There is lots of noise in the picture. I suppose if I played around with the image settings I could improve it, but I am trying to stay away from that time sink.

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