The One Percent Phase Moon In broad daylight at 9:00 - 9:02am with the Orion 10" f/3.9 Newtonian Astrograph May 26th, 2017 Uploaded 5/26/17

 This shot has been in the planning for at least half a year now, the opportunity came about this morning, with the rising sun halfway up in the sky in the east. This is by far the thinnest crescent moon I have ever imaged. Here the moon is .80 days old - 19.2 hours according to the Virtual Moon Atlas, and the illumination is 1.0%. The moon was just under 15 degrees east of the Sun.

And yes - I did view the crescent visually, and it was really tough! I could see only a portion of the crescent at one time in a low power ocular, but it was there against a light blue sky. Few features are seen on the limb, many black shadow filled craters are present at this illumination.

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The setup used to take this image so close to the Sun. The 10" is wrapped with silver mylar space blanket, and a black internally carpeted baffle is on the front of the tube to block the Sun from entering the tube. You can see the DMK51 camera and its filter wheel on the scope.
Processing: 25/1200 best frames, alignment in Autostakkert, USM, Levels and Contrast Masking In Photoshop CS2
Instrument: Orion (GSO) 10" f/3.9 prime focus Platform: Astrophysics AP1200 CCD Camera: Image Source DMK 51 Filter: Orion IR Pass Exposure: 1/500 sec 12fps Location: Payson, Arizona Elevation: 5150 ft. Sky: Seeing 3/5, Transparency 9/10 Outside Temperature: 75F