Showing posts with label Moon. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Moon. Show all posts

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

The Conjunction Minus One Day

I missed the "great conjunction" of Saturn and Jupiter on December 21, as we had cloud cover.

So I tried again last night. We had clear skies but the two planets had already begun to drift apart.

To my astonishment, through the telephoto lens on my camera, I could see four of Jupiter's moons. I could not get the camera to photograph them, but I could see them. I wondered what it was like to be the first person to ever look through a zoom lens and see that a star was actually a planet, and that it had moons. Can you imagine how amazing that must have been? And how scary? It didn't scare me because I knew it was Jupiter and that it had moons - but that first view. Wow.

Anyway, I made a stab at photos and they came out poorly. I will share nevertheless.

While we waited for twilight to pass, I caught this image of an airplane and the moon.

This image was the best of the bunch. The planets are oblong a bit, but those two little dogs around the bigger white dot are two of Jupiter's moons. The smaller planet is Saturn. As you can see, they had moved apart.

This is how they looked, more or less, to the naked eye.

This has a little more definition of Jupiter as a planet. I never saw Saturn's rings, but I was happy enough with Jupiter's moons.

I took these with a Nikon Coolpix B700. This camera came out in 2016 and that is the year I received it for Christmas. It is four years old and I am having problems with it. Last night it became stuck in open position and nothing worked, so I had to go inside and remove the battery to reset it. I would like to learn more about using this camera but since I am sensing I may need another in the near future, I probably won't. I still turn to my Nikon P500 Coolpix, which is at least 10 years old, as my go-to camera, or my Canon Sure Shot, which is even older, for everyday photos. They just don't do the job with night photos (or birds) that this one does. (I did not ask for a new camera for Christmas; things are just too wonky right now. But maybe my birthday in June?)

Friday, October 02, 2020

The Moon Set


Tuesday, April 07, 2020

The Pink Moon

The moonset was about 6:45 a.m. this morning, give or take a few minutes. I was still in bed when I glanced out and saw it heading down toward the mountain. I jumped up, grabbed my camera and tripod, and out the front door I went. Most of my shots were blurry (no food in my system yet), but these two turned out well.

This is another so-called super moon. It certainly has been bright the last few nights.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

The Worm Moon

Friday, December 13, 2019

The Cold Moon

This was the last full moon of the year. It became full on 12/12 at 12:12 a.m., making it an intriguing moon for those who believe there's a wee bit o' magic in the timing of certain things. I took these pictures as the moon began to rise on 12/11/2019, about six hours before it hit its totality of fullness. Not that you can tell that from a photo.

These shots are from two different cameras, both Nikons.

Monday, January 21, 2019

Lunar Eclipse of the Supermoon Wolf Moon

We set an alarm for 11 p.m. and I took these shots between 11:10 p.m. and midnight last night.




And these are photos of the Supermoon Wolf Moon setting over the mountain on Monday morning.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Moonset 10/23/2018

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Blue Moon, Super Moon

Here are my shots of the blue moon, also called a super moon, with the beginning of the lunar eclipse visible.

Friday, October 06, 2017

Havest Moon Set

Monday, April 10, 2017

Moonset April 10, 2017


Taken with a Nikon Coolpix P500 at approximately 6:25 a.m.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Moonset in Daylight

The super moon last week tended to set later each day, and by the 16th it was setting around 7:30 a.m. By then there was so much daylight that the moon herself was difficult to see.

I took pictures anyway. In the last few pictures, you have to look closely to see the moon settling below the horizon. I promise she is there, right in the middle of the photo. But she blends in with the sky so well that her outline is barely visible.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Hubby Shoots the Moon

Monday, November 14, 2016

Monday Moon Set (6:30 a.m.) 11/14/2016

Bad Moon Rising

The moon rose full (or close to it) Sunday night (11/13/2016) around 5:20 p.m., a little later than I anticipated based on moonrise charts. This was one of those media-created events, a supermoon, reportedly closer to the earth and looking very bright indeed. I was not in a good position for spectacular photos - those pictures of the moon overtaking a boat or the Eiffel Tower or whatever.

As Neil DeGrasse Tyson said on my Facebook page this morning, the difference in this moon and any other is the difference between a 16" pizza and a 16.05 inch pizza. I like the moon, though, and the night sky, and the stars, so I don't mind the hype. If it makes people aware of nature, even the far-away, distant mood, it's not such bad press.

The moon rising over the trees east northeast. We were standing on the hill near The Austins.

She creeps a little higher.

There she is, all bright and beautiful.

Now she sits on the mountain.

Having nothing with which to really put the moon into perspective, I crouched down and shot a photo of the
moon with the tail light on my car. I doubt that's a shot you see often, anyway.

About five minutes later, through the trees at home.

She's over-exposed, my moon in this photo, but she's over the Peaks and the Blue Ridge.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Moon Set Over North Mountain 11/13/2016 5:30 a.m.

Camera: Nikon P500