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Beaver Moon

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The full “Beaver” moon rising over Mt. Ira Allen

Tonight’s full “Beaver” moon (so-called by Northeast Native Americans and Colonial Americans) is an honest-to-goodness “super moon”. The moon is at perigee today (its closest postion to the earth in its eliptical orbit) and closer than it’s been in January 26, 1948. It’s some 14% larger and 30% brighter than at apogee. Thin clouds were starting to drift in as I took this shot, so the definition and colors are a bit altered.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 100-300mm lens @ 300mm, ISO 400, f/13, 1/20″ exposure.

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After the rain

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Sunset clouds, a crescent moon, and rising mist after yesterday’s rains

Welcome rain fell yesterday afternoon. We certainly needed it! After the showers cleared, the sky to the west lit up with fine sunset colors, and the crescent moon hung quietly in the sky above the post rain mists. I took this shot from the volleyball court.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 46mm, ISO 800, f/4.8, 1/160″ exposure

Totally wonderful…

Last night's perigee moon approaches totality
Last night’s perigee moon approaches totality

I hope you all had a chance to see the eclipse last night. It was truly spectacular. We had a bit of a gathering here with a few neighbors. I had the observatory open and was taking pictures (of course…) but the best view was in a lawn chair under the stars. I think my favorite part of the eclipse was the way the stars and the Milky Way gradually emerged as the moon reached totality. Wonderful. And the color! Wow!

I took the above photo using my Nikon D600 and an old Celestron 6″ telescope as a lens at prime focus. My results were varied and not completely satisfying (at least to my level of pickiness!) This was a half-second exposure at ISO 640. I think the scope is an f/10 at 1500mm.

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