Here are some photos of Mars very near the Moon taken on July 5, 2014. I saw the Moon close to a 'star' when my wife and I were heading home from a concert in Cohasset, MA. I looked the event up the following day on Sky and Telescope magazine's website and I found out that the 'star' was likely the planet Mars. All the photos shown below were taken with my Canon Powershot SX10 digital superzoom camera alone. Click on images to enlarge.
Mars is the 'star' to the upper right of the Moon. In photo #4, the star Spica is also visible to the far left of the Moon. Please note that craters are visible near the Moon's terminator in the remaining three photos.
I took this photo of the Moon on July 6, 2014 using only my Canon Powershot SX10 digital superzoom camera alone. The Moon was roughly halfway between Mars and Saturn that night.
These photos were taken at about 9:00 PM EDT on July 7, 2014, just two days after the Moon's conjunction with Mars. Note that Saturn is the point of light to the upper left of the Moon.
Page created July 9, 2014.