The Moon

June 04, 2013

About a month ago, I got a new (to me) camera - a refurbished Nikon Coolpix P510.  Two things attracted me to this camera - a very long zoom and a variable angle LCD screen.  And it came highly recommended.  The zoom and the LCD are great, but I've found even more to amaze me with this camera.  And more to learn.

In 2007 I attempted some pictures of a lunar eclipse and was pleased to see that the camera could capture the shading of the moon.  But I could hardly believe the detail of the moon with this new camera.

Waxing Gibbous Moon ~ May 21, 2013 ~ 9:36 PM EDT

 

So I have started keeping track of the phases of the moon and moon rise and set times. 

Full Moon ~ May 25, 2013 ~ 12:22 AM EDT

Full Moon ~ May 25, 2013 ~ 12:22 AM EDT

 

And I get up at all hours of the night to take moon pictures.

Last Quarter Moon ~ May 31, 2013 ~ 4:40 AM EDT

Last Quarter Moon ~ May 31, 2013 ~ 4:40 AM EDT

 

There’s a spot north of town where I’ve gone several times to take moon pics – fairly flat, a good view of the moon coming up in the east, a dirt road where I can park off the paved road, and people don’t seem alarmed to see me loitering there – they honk and wave.  On May 24, the moonrise was about the same time as the sunset which makes for nice light.  (I took the full moon picture above from my deck later that night.)

Waiting for the moonrise show to begin ~ May 24, 2013 ~ 8:11 PM EDT

Waiting for the moonrise

 

 

Moonrise ~ May 24, 2013 ~ 8:21 PM EDT

Moonrise ~ May 24, 2013 ~ 8:21 PM EDT

 

 

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Map of the Moon - photo ©Jane Hogan

 

 

On May 31st, I wanted a picture of the half moon and because of it’s rise/set times that day and the trees around my house, the best time was about 4:30 AM.  The night before, I took the screen off the little window half way up the steps and set up the camera and tripod.  It seemed like it would work.  Then I brought a chair up to the landing.  The next morning the Little Window Observatory functioned well.  And Oscar (the dog) didn’t think it was time for him to start his day, as he had a few days earlier when he heard me come downstairs at 5:00 AM to go out onto the deck.

The Little Window Observatory

 

EDIT: June 16, 2013   I've been trying to get a picture of the crescent moon, but because of the moon rise/set times and all the trees around my house, and cloudy skies, I haven’t been able to get one.  Last Wednesday (June 12), I set up the tripod in my neighbor’s driveway and had a good view of the moon at about 10:00.  But I wasn’t satisfied with the pics at all.  The next night I changed some settings, and I realized that if I opened the west wing of the observatory (the “street” window in the spare bedroom), I had a view of the moon through an opening of the trees for about 10 minutes.  And I got a picture I liked.

Waxing Crescent Moon ~ June 13, 2013 ~ 9:54 PM EDT

Waxing Crescent Moon  ~ June 13, 2013 ~ 9:54 PM EDT

 

Addendum:  more moon photos - including the June Supermoon - can be seen here:  http://www.janehoganphotography.com/moon_photos


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