In these night shots, I usually make a “test” photo to see how the shot is lined up before I go for the long exposure. I “paint” the trees and area with my flashlight so they show up and I can see how the picture is framed. In this case, I could see some possibilities of a cool photo, so took several and came up with this nice shot.
Then I took a 20 minute exposure shot of the setting “evening star” (thicker line).
And here’s a zoom in on the moon tonight!