I don't usually post these on my blog, but I'll make an exception today. This was taken from my front garden on Wednesday night with a 70-200 lens & a 2x converter on a Canon 60Da. No telescope or anything [I really wish I could get my hands on a decent telescope some day].
The moon was 95% illuminated & in the Waxing Gibbous stage [13 days old].
Sadly the moon will still be quite bright in the sky [96% illuminated - Waning Gibbous] for the Orionids meteor shower on the 21st October. We may end up missing many of the celestial streaks across the sky due to the brightness of the moon. The Orionids are the remains of Halley's Comet & are expected to fall at a rate of 25 meteors per hour at it's peak just after 9pm.