Beginning Astrophotography: Cheshire Grin

Thin waxing crescent moon, turned upward like an askew grin, surrounded by blackness
Waxing crescent moon setting in the west, photographed about 8:45 p.m. PDT (image stacked from thirty-nine individual photos taken by a Sony α6300 camera through a Celestron NexStar 5 SE telescope).

Before the waxing crescent moon set tonight, I caught its Cheshire grin among the firs in the west for a few minutes. Then it was gone.

I had to take my telescope (a smaller model, a Celestron NexStar 5 SE) down the sidewalk a little ways to get a view between the branches. I took as many photos as I could before it set too low in the sky, using my Sony α6300 camera connected to the telescope using an adapter without an eyepiece (the “prime focus” technique). They were photographed all at ISO 800 and exposed for 1/25 seconds. The photo above was stacked from the 50% best examples of those seventy-eight photos I took before the Moon subsided among the trees.