OK, so it's not technically *exactly* the new moon tonight... but it's the first time I've seen the moon in a while and it's more new than anything else!
Come to find out that the human eye is still the most magnificent optical instrument in creation. I can see it all at once, but I find that with my camera I can show you either the whole moon, with the sunlit side completely blown out in glare...
... OR the really cool sunlit side itself. Alas for a lens that could REALLY bring detail into focus at that distance. As it is, I used a 300mm lens, a tripod, and a delayed shutter release so my hands wouldn't cause any lens blur.
I wonder if I were to try a manual focus if I couldn't get it just a littler sharper...? And I also wonder what planet that is -- anybody know??