Last night was the harvest moon. It was a gorgeous balmy night around 92* (33c) in Phoenix when Heloise and I were outside to take this shot around 9:45pm.
I tried a few different settings from this one of the first taken with the Nikon D7200 and Tamron 150-600 G1 lens at 1.3x crop / f6.3 / 600mm / ISO 100 / At 1/640th sec with VR turned on. To F8 at 1000th of a sec with VR turned off. They almost all looked identical. Even dropped the focal length to 500 to see if we might coax a bit more sharpness, but nothing discernible. All were taken with remote shutter release on 2 second delay.
In my opinion there was just too much haze in the sky. It would have been great to get out of Phoenix to some Dark Skies that don’t suffer from such nasty pollution. Heloise was required to work later though so we were not able to get out.