Taken with Samsung S7 phone. The sky was wonderfully dark and clear and Capella a shining beacon with Pleiades to the right of it.
If you zoom in to the image it looks like you can see all three of the major open clusters. However star trailing means I am not sure of this as the fuzzy objects may be slurred stars!
Now 2 days old the moon at 11% illumination presented it self in the evening sky at an elevation of approx. 12 degrees at 21:30, easily visible, unlike yesterday when I could only pick it out using binoculars.
Its companion this evening was Venus, easily visible unlike mercury of the previous evening. Didn’t have to travel any further than front lawn for these shots.
The day old moon was setting on the 14th July with mercury in close attendance, well I went to my usual spot for these events, set up Canon 450D on tripod with cable shutter release and 150-500mm Sigma zoom lens. Sunset well into the NW around 21:30 then patiently scanned horizon in W to WNW direction with 7×50 binoculars for sign of moon which was going to be a thin crescent of approx 3.4%. The more worrying feature was a low cloud bank across the horizon ( see Andys previous post to this) which made for a glorious sunset but was going to cause problems trying to view Mercury and in fact as mercury was about 1-2 degrees to left of moon and about 2 degrees below it never punched through the murk. First image of moon was at 21:46 and last at 22:06 as it slipped into the cloud bank.
1.F6.3,ISO1600, 1/500″, 500mm
2. F5.6, ISO1600, 1/1250″,289mm
3. F6.3,ISO 1600, 1/400″, 500mm
4. F6.3, ISO1600, 1/30″, 150mm