See the crescent above? That's Venus, still in the crescent phase described in yesterday's post about the moon and Venus, but one night later in better viewing conditions. It is still very close to Earth and very bright. It amazes me that I can get any sort of detail in Venus at all, especially with what is technically a point-and-shoot camera, albeit a 20x one.
Technical stuff for Venus picture: Canon PowerShot SX10 IS, ISO 100, 1/250 sec, f:5.7 (wide open), 100mm (35mm equivalent - 560mm)). Slight hazing around crescent was cleaned up in Photoshop.