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#1 Gregory Gross

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Posted 25 July 2021 - 01:55 PM

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.

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#2 Spikey131

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Posted 25 July 2021 - 04:04 PM

It looked like on the east coast last week!



#3 William Whitaker

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Posted 26 July 2021 - 08:28 PM

It looked like on the east coast last week!

Yes! I'm in northeastern Tennessee and the moon looked surprisingly reddish last week. I had walked down to the street and back and the moon peeked out at me between the leaves of heavy midsummer foliage. And there's little else more magical to my mind that the moon in the trees.

But it was truly reddish and I wondered if there were a fire somewheres about.

Also, having been told all my life that the moon is made of green cheese, I just couldn't believe it. More like a Red Leicester judging from last week's color.

It wasn't even Wensleydale. Sorry, Wallace!!

Nope definitely more of a fine Red Leicester. smile.gif


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#4 Gregory Gross

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Posted 17 September 2021 - 10:16 PM

I sincerely hope this will be my last opportunity this year to post an image of another smoky Moon taken with my '62 Questar this evening. Here in the Pacific Northwest, we're due for a good soaking rainstorm tomorrow -- we desperately need the rain here. We all hope that the rain will help at the very least to tame the many wildfires that are burning in our region.

 

SkySafari tells me that the Moon was at about 13 degrees altitude when I snapped this photo at 7:45 pm local time. It was shining through a layer of persistent smoke haze that I hope will blow off with the change of weather tomorrow.

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Posted 17 September 2021 - 11:42 PM

Looks like something I posted a few weeks ago… it’ll be good to get these fires behind us (for more reasons than we need to post here)…

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Posted 18 September 2021 - 07:11 AM

Strangely beautiful image.  I hope you have a nice cool and rainy weekend.



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Posted 18 September 2021 - 08:40 AM

An eerie image, for sure, Gregory.  

Thanks very much for sharing!

 

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