Saturday, May 19, 2007

Saturday night (moon) fever

I was outside moving the sprinkler around the veggie garden when I looked up and saw this:

I ran inside and grabbed my scope; there's nothing like those times when the moon and a planet--in this case Venus--appear to rise beside one another in the night sky.

These are the best photos I got, both digiscoping through the Mead Condor, now atop the new Slik 540Q-II tripod with microfluid head, and with the camera on zoom. I tried several camera modes while digiscoping--regular, night landscape, macro, and infinity. Sadly, I didn't get the focused view through the camera that I saw through the scope with my eye. The scope performed beautifully, but I think the camera might've had difficulty with the low light.

I did a little reading about the phenomenon of "earthshine," which occurs when you can see the entire moon in a shadowy blue along with the lit part. I absolutely love it when the moon looks like this, and I was thrilled to photograph it.

According to, Leonardo da Vinci is the first person to have recognized this phenomenon. Beautiful. The view through the scope was incredible, too--I saw all the features on the bottom of the crescent moon.


Susan Gets Native said...

THAT is wicked as hell.
The shadow of the Earth looks so we are all having a bad hair day!

dguzman said...

Isn't it cool? I love the moon.

nina at Nature Remains. said...

I love the moon, too.

Mary said...

Cool moon shots!

The Zen Birdfeeder said...

Thanks for the reminding me to point the digiscope really skyward! It's 8:45pm and I thought the camera was put away for the night. It was a good lesson in ATTENTION to one who is always encouraging others to pay attention. Thanks again.

dguzman said...

Thanks, Zen -- can't wait to check out your blog!