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First Full Moon Photos

Gator Bait Gator Bait Posts: 5,244
edited 2:53PM in EggHead Forum
 
Good Morning All,

Five a.m. this morning I dragged my carcass out of bed and braving the frigid cold and fierce north wind I ventured forth in search of the elusive Moon!

In truth it was about 60º and a very slight breeze if any out of the SSE. I was chilly dressed in shorts and a T shirt but had my coffee with me and persevered. :laugh:

It wasn't difficult to find . . .
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If you would like a slightly larger image feel free to right click on this one and save a copy to your hard drive. It should save as the same size I put on P.B. . . . that's the theory anyways.

Venus - The Morning Star was in it's full phase as well and was brilliant coming up over the eastern horizon ahead of the Sun. Much to far away for me to get a good picture. The Wiki article HERE has a good image of Venus and there isn't much to see, just cloud cover.
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I will try to take more shots of the moon when it rises again this evening. I don't know if it will be any better but it's worth a try.

Have a great day All,

Blair


 
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  • dhuffjrdhuffjr Posts: 3,182
    Crop Venus much? :woohoo:
    I'm hoping it is clear this evening. Might try Orion's Nebula and other celestial objects too :>)
  • Gator Bait Gator Bait Posts: 5,244
     
    Hahahahaha, yup, I just cut a 640X480 out of the original, not much to see.

    Good luck tonight, I'm going to keep it simple and stick with the Moon. ;)


    Blair


     
  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 17,311
    interesting article, venus is wound backwards, spins the wrong way, now that book i hear about men and woman makes more sense to me :laugh: :laugh:
  • Gator Bait Gator Bait Posts: 5,244
     
    Hahahahaha, I never thought of it that way, you may make a good point! :lol:


    Blair


     
  • Cpt'n CookCpt'n Cook Posts: 1,917
    You gotta put some sauce on that pizza Gator :laugh:
  • eenie meenieeenie meenie Posts: 4,392
    Beautiful Blair, just beautiful. :)

    Funny, but now whenever I look at the moon, I can't help but think of you. B)
  • RGBHVRGBHV Posts: 1,317
    Great looking pic of the moon.

    I showed it to my eldest daughter and she's all excited about taking some pics with our new camera. I'm sure they won't be as good as yours, but they'll be much better than the white blob from our previous camera.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Michael
  • Gator Bait Gator Bait Posts: 5,244
     
    That's Deano's job, I just shoot 'em. ;)

    Blair


     
  • elzbthelzbth Posts: 2,075
    Thank you for the amazing photos - getting up at 5A is above and beyond the call of duty!!!! I will wait for tonights photos, but I'm pretty sure (with your permission of course) I will have a new background screen very soon. :) :kiss:
  • Village IdiotVillage Idiot Posts: 6,951
    Why? Did he moon you? :laugh:
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  • Gator Bait Gator Bait Posts: 5,244
    eenie meenie wrote:
    Funny, but now whenever I look at the moon, I can't help but think of you. B)

    Thanks Rebecca, I look at the moon and think of "a big pizza pie" or green cheese. You know . . . something with a few calories! :lol:


    Blair


     
  • Gator Bait Gator Bait Posts: 5,244
     
    :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: Lets pray it never comes to THAT!!! :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:


    Blair


     
  • Gator Bait Gator Bait Posts: 5,244
     
    Thanks Michael, Good luck shooting the moon. Explain to your daughter that I have special camera equipment and that the moon is not the easiest thing to shoot. I have to edit my images in a couple programs to get them looking like they do, with out it they are flat and dull gray. I wouldn't want your daughter to get discouraged when there are so many other things that she could be photographing and possibly having more fun with. I LOVE to shoot wild flowers and with spring on it's way I am looking forward to them. I think they are a lot more fun then the dusty ol' moon. ;)

    Blair


     
  • RipnemRipnem Posts: 5,511
    That's awesome, man. What lens do you use for that?
  • Gator Bait Gator Bait Posts: 5,244
     
    Thanks Elizabeth and your welcome. Of course you are welcome to use this image (If you can make any money with it just cut me in. LOL). I suspect that the images tonight will look just the same. I may get something just as it is rising above the horizon that is different, only time will tell. :)


    Blair


     
  • Clay QClay Q Posts: 4,418
    Awesome shot.

    Hope to see you in Melbourne Beach next month. Bring your camera. :woohoo:
  • eggbasketeggbasket Posts: 111
    Awesome pics. Thanks for sharing
  • Gator Bait Gator Bait Posts: 5,244
     
    Thanks Adam, I use a Nikon Fieldscope ED 82 and a Nikon adapter to mount it on my Nikon D90. The sensor in the Nikon D series cameras is such that you multiply the length of your lens by 1.5. In this case the spotting scope is 1000mm and on my camera is 1500mm.
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    A good tripod like this Bogen 3046 off ebay is really needed as well as a cable release. The power of the scope is such that I can take a couple shots then have to sight on the moon again as it has traveled across the view finder, you can just about watch it moving. It makes a great rig, the lens/scope is not automatic anything so it is all manual but cost far less then say the Nikkor 600mm lens that retails for about $10,000!!!

    Blair


     
  • Capt FrankCapt Frank Posts: 2,578
    Great Shot Blair, thanks. :)
    We went out in the boat and floated around awhile and just watched it. I took some pics with my little point and shoot, but it is just not the same. A great sight to see, to say the least. Not a cloud in the sky, just beautiful :) :ohmy: :cheer:
  • Gator Bait Gator Bait Posts: 5,244
     
    Thanks Clay, I wish I was going to be in Melbourne but my budget says maybe next time. I would love to meet all my friends here on the forum in person, some day it's going to happen. :)


    Blair


     
  • Gator Bait Gator Bait Posts: 5,244
     
    Thanks eggbasket, it is my pleasure. I have fun doing it . . . even at 5:a.m. :lol:


    Blair


     
  • BeliBeli Posts: 10,751
    Blair I'm speechless TKS for sharing it with us, It's 9:15 now & my side bar shows The moon at 100% full, of course I can't see it now because of the light & clouds
  • Gator Bait Gator Bait Posts: 5,244
     
    Thanks Frank, I bet it was gorgeous out on the water, a perfect night for it with a good sweater and hot coffee, lol. After 27 years down here I am a thermal wuzz. :laugh:

    Blair


     
  • DeplesisDeplesis Posts: 215
    Blair, Big Thks from those of us to lazy to drag out for a first hand look
    RJ
  • Gator Bait Gator Bait Posts: 5,244
     
    Thank you my friend, I hope your weather clears so you can have a nice moon lit evening to accompany one of your great cooks. :)

    Blair


     
  • Gator Bait Gator Bait Posts: 5,244
     
    Thanks RJ, you have your chance tonight when normal people go out to look at the moon. I hope your weather cooperates.


    Blair

     
  • Little StevenLittle Steven Posts: 27,352
    Blair,

    Beautiful pictures my friend, thank you from the cloudy north.

    Steve

    Steve 

    Caledon, ON

     

  • DeplesisDeplesis Posts: 215
    It is severe clear this morning, I hope it holds
    RJ
  • Gator Bait Gator Bait Posts: 5,244
     
    My pleasure Steve, from the sunny south. I hope your weather improves very soon.

    Blair

     
  • RipnemRipnem Posts: 5,511
    That's very impressive mister. ;) We picked up a half decent Canon over the holidays and really need to learn to use it properly. My wife shows me classes that I can take through the city. I told her I'm gonna just fly you up for a nice stay this summer. :P

    We still gotta figure out how to turn those skills into greenbacks. :ermm:

    Keep it up, we all love it.
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