Last night at about 10.45 pm, I happened to look out the window and saw that the Moon, one day past full, was rising above the horizon. Like many in the western U.S., we're experiencing an early start to the summer wildfire season, and the sky has been quite hazy with smoke. To be sure, I will take crystal clear skies over smoke-filled skies any day, and my heart goes out to everyone who is in danger. But that moment last night, I knew I had a chance to capture some dramatic photos of a rich reddish-orange Moon. Every minute I lost, the Moon's climb into the sky would mean that that rich hue would fade and fade.
Within a handful of a few minutes, I had my '62 Questar set up in the backyard, and I was snapping photos. The tough thing about photographing the Moon so close to the horizon is the seeing. It's pretty much impossible to get a sharp image of the Moon at high magnification. Fortunately, I had left my Questar's focus right where it was the prior night, when I had also been imaging the Moon.
Any other setup of mine would have involved a lot more cumbersome setup, and the photos I would have been able to get would have had a lot less richness in color.
All photos taken with my Canon EOS M200 camera closely coupled with my Questar. Sizes reduced to allow for posting.
Photo 1 taken 10:39 pm PDT, 1/10 sec exposure, ISO 6400; Moon 8.1 degrees altitude.
Photo 2 taken 10:43 pm PDT, 1/13 sec exposure, ISO 3200; Moon 8.7 degrees altitude.
Photo 3 taken 10:48 pm PDT, 1/2 sec exposure, ISO 400; Moon 9.4 degrees altitude.