It’s well past the time that we should have been back to our moon. Make no mistake: This is an existential task for the human race. NASA’s new partnership with Maxar and their propulsion system explained.
The moon’s been rising in the wee hours of the morning so instead of staying up overnight to catch it I am snapping it in the am before it sets. These two were taken with a Canon Rebel XTI, and a Canon Rebel T2I equipped with a 70-300mm EF-S lens. They’ve been cropped down and optimized a bit for the web, but you can still detect the difference between the 10.1 Mpxl and 18.0 Mpxl cameras.
This is a moon video posted by Robert J on Vimeo
We are in Lake Havasu right now packing up mom after her cancer treatment, and we will be hitting the road to ferry her back home and to her second round of treatments later this week. (After two full rounds of Taxol treatments it’s time to switch since the cancer she has now has mutated and evolved to a state that’s resistant to Taxol.)
Here’s a picture I took the other night from the deck.
Here’s some shots of tonight’s blue moon as it rose above the trees, and as a bonus a pic of the neighbor’s Christmas lights using both pan and zoom for effects and a blurry time exposure of Orion shot through tree limbs. Click on the thumbnail to see the HQ versions.
The last two were taken with auto settings, the first was taken with a focal point of the moon itself and with a 1/125 speed, please click on the thumbnails to see the full size and quality.
The Dark Side of the Moon
Here’s a long exposure photo of tonight’s moon, the bright half is what you see with the naked eye, but it’s all over exposed. The dark side is visible however, and a nimbus of light appears around the moon from the over exposure. You can also see some star tracks off to the right side. The second photo is taken with a 1/125 shutter speed.
Moon, Stars, and Clouds Gallery
Here’s a series of photos taken tonight; some of them are odd as I was experimenting: really trying to do the impossible. I was attempting to get the moon and the clouds both in the picture and in sharp focus, but that’s really not possible without one of those programs that stitches multiple shots together. In some of the detailed moon photos you can however see the effects of focusing through the high thin clouds.