Photograph of the Moon, Venus and Jupiter in approximate alignment taken about 5:48 p.m. (GMT) on Monday 1st December 2008 in Brighton, East Sussex, UK (50° 50' N 0° 09' W).
Jupiter is in the top right hand corner.
This is a composite image, a combination of two exposures. The more sensitive exposure (with a very high, noisy, ISO setting) revealed two stars near the moon, and two more near Jupiter. The illumination of the dark side of the moon (by light reflected from the earth) is also apparent. The dark band on the moon is an artifice - the more sensitive exposure was swamped by glare spilling out of the brighter crescent, which was "Photoshoped" out for cosmetic reasons. Most of the very noisy brighter exposure was removed from the image, except for the earthlight and the areas in the immediate vicinity of the four new stars that were revealed.
A 300mm lens was used on a Canon DSLR body.