I was trying to photograph the waxing crescent moon and its current neighbors Venus and Jupiter last night, and was having trouble getting the moon to show as a crescent. This is what I mean;
That's a crescent moon, just a lower sliver of it, but it looks like a fuzzy white blob. Above it is Venus and directly beneath is Jupiter. I played with various settings on the camera, to no avail. I thought the problem was that it was still too light and decided to wait until later.
That helped a bit, but not enough. A few dozen attempts later, I gave up trying to get a silhouette of the landscape in the photo, and zoomed in.
Better, but still not what I was looking for. I zoomed in as far as my 36 power zoom would go, and got this:
Cool picture but I would have liked to have Venus and Jupiter in there also. By this time, they were spreading farther apart.
Ah, well. What a display.
I'm told that with a backyard telescope you can see Jupiter's moons.
For a colorful article about this celestial conjunction, which occurs roughly every quarter century, see this story in the Washington Post: