April Moon

Astronomy and space has always fascinated me. The beauty of nature as well. I was just outside walking and saw a beautiful deep blue sky with a sliver of a moon and Venus shining bright next to it. I wish I had had my camera and tripod with me to capture. By the time I got home, it was dark, but I still wanted to take the moon. Given I did not use a tripod, it’s not a bad shot.

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Blood Moon

Blood Moon

I have loved amateur astronomy since I was a kid and received an astronomy book for my 8th birthday. I can recall dragging my parents outside all night to watch lunar eclipses or meteor showers. I still love star gazing and even taking a stab at photographing the sky.

Astrophotography is quite difficult and requires specific equipment. There isn’t much that you can photograph with what I have – a 250mm lens and a tripod. The moon can be easily photographed with this size lens, but not much else can. Earlier this year I did successfully photograph the partial solar eclipse, so I thought this would be another opportunity to get some good astrophotography in.

Some of the pictures came out great, I find the ones of totality just OK. But overall it’s a good set so I thought would share a series.

The above picture is of totality, taken at 4:19 AM CET. All pictures were taken using my Canon 600D and EF-s 55-250 lens at 250mm and ISO 100 unless otherwise stated. The totality picture was f/7.1, 1.3 sec.

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Circle in the Sky – Theme Week: Shapes (1/7)

Circle in the Sky

One suggestion for theme week was shapes. I chose this one because I knew I had enough old material to be able to post quickly. It is interesting to go back and look through so many pictures but view them differently. I have my pictures organized chronologically according to event. But sorting through them for a specific theme was quite an interesting experience and I found a few that surprise me in retrospect. And the shape theme jumps out as obvious even though I didn’t think of it like that before.

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Cheshire Cat

Solar Eclipse Maximum March 20, 2015

When I was little (and there were 9 planets) I was very interested in astronomy. I had a telescope, a number of books, a start chart, and VCR tapes of astronomy shows. Eclipses especially intrigued me. I made my parents stand outside and film a lunar eclipse, and I have seen several of them since. One thing I had never seen was a solar eclipse. In my astronomy book, it listed August 21, 2017, as the date of the next total solar eclipse in the USA – an eternity to a 10 year old. Since then I have been waiting for that day. Over the past 25 years, we used the telescope to project an image of a small partial solar eclipse, which was interesting. When I arrived in Germany in August 1999 I was thrilled to learn that a total eclipse would be taking place in just a few days’ time. Unfortunately it was cloudy and rainy that day and I did not see the eclipse, although it was still thrilling to experience the darkness of totality.

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