The full cold moon was yesterday, but it was overcast at dusk and rained much of the day here. The forecast for tonight is for clear skies. This is an ideal night to start a photo because the moon rises later in the day, closer to dark. I like having some of the twilight in the photo, but not too much.
Moon/Sun data for Manteo, Dare County, North Carolina (longitude W75.7, latitude N35.9):
Friday, 16 December 2005 Eastern Standard Time Sunset 4:50 p.m. Photo started 5:20 p.m. Moonrise 5:34 p.m. Photo ended 6:55 a.m. on following day Sunrise Moonset 9:04 a.m. on following day Moon Illumination 93.835%
My plan is for 2 cameras tonight, one at the Manteo waterfront, and one at Bodie Lighthouse. I set out only one camera, at Bodie Lighthouse at 5:20 pm.