Super Moon


I’ve never tried any Astronomy type photography before, but this evening with an amazing  full moon on the rise & a new lens in my camera bag it seemed like a good time to start.

Because tonight Ladies & Gentlemen on Celestial Command, we have for your viewing pleasure a Super or to use the correct astronomical terminlogy – Perigree Moon;

OK Here’s the Science bit: The Moon will seem especially big and bright since it will reach its closest spot to Earth at the same time it is in its full phase, NASA said.The Moon ‘is a ‘super Moon,’ as much as 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than other full Moons of 2012,’ The Moon follows an elliptical path around Earth with one side, or perigee, about 31,000 miles (50,000 km) closer than the other, or apogee.

The Moon will reach perigee at 11:34 p.m. EDT (0334 GMT on Sunday). One minute later, it will line up with the Earth and the Sun to become full.

Anyhow. I stepped out this evening and there she was, a beautiful glowing orb all shiny & bright. And having yesterday taken delivery of an equally bright and shiny 70 -200 mm f2.8 Canon Zoom lens, this evening it seemed like as good a time as any to shoot for the moon so to speak.

Size isn’t everything girls but when it comes to shooting distant objects it sure helps. At 200m the moon was dissapointingly small in the viewfinder. So I doubled the magnification with a 2x extender to try and fill more of the frame but I think an 800mm lens (or a telescope) would be the way to go for really good results. But a few more lunar orbits will have to pass before I can afford one of those.

Meanwhile after a little experimentation ( ignore the meter reading and go for a much faster shutter speed than the exposure indicated, & I got what I think is an OK result.

For the record:  ISO 400 /Aperture f4.0 /Shutter Speed 1/1600

I like the way you can actually make out the moons surface scarring in some detail.

What do you reckon? Meanwhile if anyone has any tips, (on astro photography or anything else 🙂 let’s hear them!