Astro Calendar

2017 Events

January

January 1: Crescent Moon 4° below Venus
January 2: Crescent Moon 3° below Mars
January 3-4: Quadrantids meteor shower
January 12: Venus 22 arc-minutes north of Neptune
January 31: Waxing crescent Moon near Venus and Mars

February

February 10: Penumbral lunar eclipse at moonrise
February 11: Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova passes near Earth
February 16: Venus at brigthtest (mag -4.8)
February 26: Mars 0.5° above Uranus

April

April 7th: Jupiter at opposition
April 7th: Comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak passes near Earth (brightest)

August

August 21st: Total Solar Eclipse for North America

Recent Posts

For the Moon, leave the tripod behind

Most people don’t plan to take photos of the Moon, they just happen. You are outside doing something else and then you spot it over the horizon or high in the sky: “Hey that’s a pretty Moon tonight Maybe I should take a photo!”

I find that normal camera lens, even telephoto don’t do it justice. The setting and focus can be very tricky. The multi-lens setup of telephoto can also cause internal reflections or chromatic aberrations making the resulting photo less appealing.

So just grab the telescope tube and leave the tripod behind.  If you have a small APO refractor you can simply hold the tube, but for anything heavier you’ll need to prop yourself up on something like a railing or a car roof.

The photo below is a single shot at 1/250sec and ISO400 with Canon 80D and William Optics Gran Turismo 71 held on the end of my arms.

2018-08-31

80% Illuminated Moon on August 31, 2018 [Benoit Guertin]

The setup takes only a few minutes and the results are always worth it.

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