To follow up on my previous post… for Monday night’s eclipse, I was out at my observatory where I had some thin clouds going by, but overall, it was a nice eclipse with the moon going dark enough to see a lot of stars come out. During the maximum of the eclipse, the moon had gone so dark that I was having a hard time seeing the marker at the center of my camera which I was using to insure the moon was centered for the shots. At the very end of totality, I was thnking about how quiet the night was. The usual barking dogs, howling coyotes, and crowing roosters (yes, even at 2:30AM) were all silent, but just as the moon brightened up, an owl’s screech cut through the silence. Oh, well…
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As an extension of our trip to see the solar eclipse, we visited Tibet where we also successfully viewed Mt. Everest. Click on the image to see more shots of Mt. Everest by moonlight
Mt. Everest by Moonlight
Moonrise view from the White Mountains
Moonrise against the earths shadow.
The shot at right shows the moon rising against the shadow of the earth, which was cast while the sun was setting. These shots were taken from the Grand View Campground of the White Mountains in California.
Fog and clouds near the horizon frustrated my attempt to catch the first contact in this occultation of Venus, but fortunately the Moon and Venus cleared the cloud layer for the reappearance of Venus. Click on the image to see a sequence of shots showing the reappearance of Venus from behind the moon
Venus Occultation - 22 Apr. 2009
The crescent Moon and Venus in conjunction set up a final astrophoto op for 2008 at sunset on New Year’s Eve. Click the photo to see a larger view
Moon & Venus - 31 Dec. 2008
February 2008 Lunar Eclipse
In February, we had another lunar eclipse opportunity, though not as good as the previous lunar eclipse in August 2007. At that one, I finally realized that it is really worthwhile to go out to a dark site to watch the stars emerge as the moon fades out. But this time the fact that the weather prospects were bad and the moon was going to be rising with the eclipse already in progress, I opted to just stay in town. In fact, the weather was looking so bad that I didn’t do any equipment setup at all. However, after moonrise, the clouds cleared, so I rushed home to get in a few frames of the eclipsed moon. I ended up getting the end of totality phase, but not much more before the clouds moved back in.
Having the moon and clouds in the sky usually means no astrophotography for the night, but not all cloudy nights are total losses. The ring here is caused by ice crystals high up in the atmosphere.
Ring Around the Moon