This evening, by 5:00pm, it was as dark as it's going to be. And the moon was visible obscured by a large silver birch tree which has shed virtually all of its leaves. Not all, as can be seen.
Now I am no astronomical photographer (I would hesitate to even call myself a good photographer
) but this is the type of shot I have never attempted before.
Hand held - ISO2K & 1/200th shutter - spot metered.
I'm not suggesting that this is a correct procedure, or appropriate settings, merely this is what I used.
For V2 & V3 I used matrix metering
For V4, again on spot metering, I focused the moon rather than the branches. A bit of a breeze in the air, so it was not as easy as I thought it would be.
Val arrive home about an hour later, and informed me that she had heard on the local radio that the star next to the Moon is Pluto: so:-
V5 & V6 are shots of the Pluto and its relative position to the moon this evening, though obviously millions of miles away.