A couple of weeks ago I was on a short vacation in the Ardennes, Belgium. The nights there were black, really black. You could just look up and see the Milky Way! Unfortunately I didn’t have my tripod with me, so it was rather impossible to take a shot, which was a real bummer!
Where I live there is so much light pollution it is simply impossible to see the Milky Way. You only see the brightest stars. Luckily, last week there was a conjunction of the Moon and Jupiter. Again, I was not able to use a tripod, I could only take a couple of handheld shots. I had to bump the ISO somewhat to keep the shutter speed low enough. I did not want to bump it too high to keep the noise level low and Jupiter visible. This resulted however in a blown out Moon.
One surprise however: when I examined the shot, I spotted a plane which had flown right “through” the Moon! You might want to click on the photo to see that!