Okay, progress is being made. Having convinced my laptop to make like R2D2 and talk to the particle accelerator's computer network, watch this space for illustrated posts.
A 15-second exposure in the direction of the Orion Giant Molecular Cloud. There are some recognizable stars visible. Not bad for a mid-range digital camera. 2004:10:07 18:43:33
That picture of Orion over there? That's me being a total sucker for long-exposure photography. I tried to filter out the city lights as much as possible. This is a densely settled region, so there's a lot to filter.
15-second exposure of the Moon rising in the northeast. This one is unfiltered, giving some indication of the degree of sky-glow. 2004:10:07 18:37:10
For anyone keeping track, the timestamps on the photos are still Central Daylight Time. I'll change that eventually, but for reference, this shot corresponds to about 1:40 am on the 8th. Like I said about early-morning teleconferences in Calfornia...
My father is very interested in the notion of the crescent Moon rising "horns-up" in the mid-east, as this evidently plays strongly in the mythic symbology of ancient cultures in the region. You might call the orientation pictured here "horns-up," but it's worth pointing out that the moon has been up for an hour or so at this point, so it rose a bit rotated from that. I'll also make an effort to take one where the moon's not quite so overexposed at some point, too.