I managed a couple of images of the Moon and Jupiter’s conjunction on December 24th and 25th. The clouds actually made it very beautiful to view but a challenge to photograph.
Below are charts of the sky from the 25th and they zoom in on Jupiter. Jupiter and the Moon at the time had an angular separation ¾ of a degree.
Party on and Happy Holidays :o)
Excellent images from around the world are now being posted and here is a great place to start. SpaceWeather.com – Set the archive date to 12/27/2012 after today. (located in the upper right of homepage)
CHRISTMAS COVER-UP: When the sun went down on Christmas, a pair of bright lights rose in the east; Jupiter and the Moon were having a holiday conjunction. In Brazil, the pair were so close, the Moon completely covered Jupiter. Marcelo Domingues of Brasilia snapped this picture seconds before the occultation: SpaceWeather.com
Here is another fine image from South America - Jupiter Occulted By The Moon On Christmas Evening
Taken by Gustavo Rojas on December 25, 2012 @ São Carlos, Brazil
This is a great example of Afocal Projection which is simply holding a camera and lens up to the eyepiece of a telescope to take the image. In this case the telescope was an 8 inch Dobsonian or sidewalk telescope, affectionately called a Light Bucket :o)
Be sure to click on these images to see the full size version.