This past weekend (05-06 May 20-12), saw one of those astronomical events that generally makes you reach for the camera. To quote the blurb… “A supermoon is the coincidence of a full moon or new moon with the closest approach the Moon makes to the Earth on its elliptical orbit” Or something like that. I am no astronomer, so will leave you to read about it yourself.
My approach is reasonably simple. I have access to a telescope, have a camera and tripod, and love to experiment. The limitations are as follows: the camera with the best optical zoom (x12) does not fit in the telescopes viewfinder and is very difficult to get to work in modes that I am not familiar with. The simpler x3 optical zoom camera works best with the telescope, but as a standalone camera to get decent resolution images is useless.
We started watching around about 6.00 pm. yesterday, I spotted this red glowing orb on my way to our photography session, and about 30 minutes later we could see the moon in all its glory. It was bright, and big and really quite impressive.
It was evident though that the brightness was fooling my camera so we tried some viewfunder shots instead. They came out very well, although trying to photograph that image completely was very difficult seeing as how quickly the moon would go out of the viewfinder.
It is an impressive sight when you really get to see those craters and markings on the moon, although there was no sign of a Rabbit or Man anywhere in sight on that desolate place.
A quick break and then I tried my other camera and its zoom. It is a bit of a problem trying to figure out how to navigate through all those menus, but with much experimentation I eventually found that going into manual override mode I could use the optical zoom to the max and I finally got results that looked good. These two were taken about 8.30 pm from where I stay.
I must admit I enjoy taking photographs like that. My particular favourite is a daylight moon which taxes my ability to hold a camera still.
And an eclipse is always a lot of fun. Although given the limited view I have of the sky, I am not always as successful as I could be.
Roll on next celestial happening, if I can remember how to do it I will be out there with my camera once again.