These photos show what I’ve learned in the past two years. Seeing was average, with intermittent clouds blocking my view. The November weather was cool, but very forgiving. I bounced back and forth between Modern Family and the Moon.
This time, I used every trick in the bag. 1200mm, motor drive, RAW and processed in Nikon CapureNX.
Then the rain hit hard last night and into the early morning.
Then clear skies were predicted.
Then clouds persisted into the mid-afternoon.
I left work and saw the clouds part. I went to a parking lot where I had a clear view of the setting sun. Snapped together my aging equipment, threw a blanket over my head and the camera so that I could see the image. Captured with a Nikon D300, through a 1200mm reflector. Processed using Darktable and Gimp.
Here’s the moon tonight. Digi-scoped through the 1200mm reflector with my Samsung Galaxy S4. If I can struggle enough, I’ll be up to capture the eclipse. There’s a narrow (very, very narrow) window tomorrow morning to catch a shadow on the Moon in Kansas. Houses and trees will block my view and will require me to drive to clear skies. I will need to be a morning person (which I’m not), and I’ll need to be on the ball.
This gal has been spinning evening and morning webs in front of our house that are amazing. Spanning more than 10 feet from porch to the nearest tree, she makes the 2-3′ web twice a day. In-between, she rests in the flag holder on our porch.
The family says “kill her” sensing danger; however, I marvel at her work ethic and beauty.
She seemed to be sleeping this afternoon and allowed me to get close enough to her for a photo op. What kind of spider is she? And is that an egg sac above her?
She catches bugs. She helps guard our house from invaders. I believe I’ll keep her around.