A wonderful day and even better evening! My favorite subject (the Moon) and Venus were once again dancing into the sunset together. I love this pair. Here’s a shot.
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.
First, black and white (camera mode monochrome):
Next, color enhanced:
Rain was forecast for today.
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.
Woke up earlier than expected to see it take place. Estimates were far off, though. When I went outside to see whether weather had snuffed my opportunity, this is what I saw:
My youngest came out–escorted by my wife–blinking to comprehend what I was showing him.
I watched, I wondered, and then I shot a few more photos.
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.
If I’m lucky, you’ll see it here.
Here’s a result from my systems check tonight:
This black toad hopped around while I was out mowing. He escaped the whirling blades of death by ducking beneath the fence.
When I went out to put everything away, he was sitting next to this yellow-orange toadstool.
He remained in place for me to snap about ten photos. It was quiet and time stopped; it really seemed magical.