When I first stepped outside at 9:30 I couldn't even see the moon. It wasn't until I was walking back to the patio that I spotted it peeking out from behind the neighbor's trees. I went back in for a little while and when I returned just after 10:00 the moon had risen completely and was shining brightly. The settings were easy to adjust because my camera saves a little file on each picture so you can duplicate the settings that worked on an earlier picture. Unfortunately I was still having difficulty with my focusing. I hate how bad my eyes have gotten because it makes focusing my camera at night a... nightmare!