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:
Great seeing conditions tonight produced one of the better shots I’ve taken of our Moon. We share her. We admire her. And we have, over the past couple of Millennia looked up at her and wondered: How fortunate we are to have her companionship in the night.
I can count on one hand the number of things I love more than her. She is a constant. She is a light. She is a challenge to capture.