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Solar Eclipse and Sunspot AR2192

Solar Eclipse and Sunspot AR2192

Solar eclipse and AR2192 on the 23rd of October, 2014. The prominent giant sunspot AR2192 faces directly at earth and was emitting M and X class solar flares. Without a solar filter, I added my neutral density filter that cut the light by nine f stops.(ND400) I still needed to reduce the brightness a bit more, so I put on a polarizer. It would be nice to get the light cut down by another six f stops or so. I'm putting a solar filter on my shopping list.

Posted in Submitted by keith on Sun, 10/26/2014 - 12:19.

Photographing the Super Moon

Photographing the Super Moon

Photographing the super moon with something in the frame to help the eye to gauge the size is the best way to separate your photo from those of just a moon in the black sky. When the moon first rises, there will be significant atmospheric distortion creating rough edges and color fringing. Some of the color fringing can be removed using photo editing software. This photo was shot on a Canon APS-C camera and the Canon 100-400L IS.

Posted in Submitted by keith on Sun, 08/10/2014 - 12:51.

ISS Flyby of the Moon

ISS Flyby of the Moon

The International Space Station(ISS) passing overhead by the Moon. Photo was taken using a Canon 50D with a Canon 300mmL IS f2.8 plus a 1.4X Extender tripod mounted and remote shutter release. The ISS is very bright and easy to see when it makes a pass overhead. It looks big because of the reflectivity, but when compared to the size of the Moon it's size becomes more obvious. Think of photographing a football field from 200-300 miles away and that's what you are up against.

Posted in Submitted by keith on Thu, 04/04/2013 - 12:26.

Earthshine on the Waxing Moon

Earthshine on the Waxing Moon

The Waxing Moon (Crescent Moon) and Earthshine. Taken just after sunset, exposed for the Earthshine(light reflected from earth) which is normally very faint to the human eye. I set the Canon 5D Mark III to ISO 2000 with a one half second exposure. I set the Canon 300mmL f2.8(with a 1.4X Extender) to f4.5 and selected live view for critical focus. The camera was mounted on a Wimberley tripod head and triggered with a Canon remote shutter release. I cropped the photo tight for web viewing.


Full Moon Rise at Half Dome

Full Moon Rise at Half Dome

Full Moon rise at Half Dome, Yosemite National Park.