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Deep-Sky Astrophotography During a Full Moon

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The clouds have parted, and I have enjoyed 2 cold, clear nights of astrophotography back-to-back! This is a fortunate occurrence that doesn’t come very often, especially during a Canadian winter. However, the moon is nearly full, rising in the late evening in it’s waning gibbous phase. This reminds me of a question that comes up time and time again. Is deep-sky astrophotography during a full moon a waste of time? The moon reflects bright sunlight into the sky for about a week on either side of a full moon.  This moonlight floods the sky and is so bright that it washes out faint deep-sk…

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2016 Harvest Moon

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Last night, I ventured to higher ground to photograph the 2016 Harvest Moon.  The forecast called for partly cloudy skies, with rain on the way later that night.  I knew it was a long-shot, but I figured that at least Rudy would get a walk out of the deal.  The Harvest Moon was slated to appear at approximately 7:33pm from my location, so I arrived at the park at about 7:00pm.  If you prefer to jump straight to the video, go ahead and scroll down to the end of the post!   Photographing the 2016 Harvest Moon   The equipment I chose to use for this photography venture was…

Supermoon Lunar Eclipse

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Super "Bloodmoon" Total Lunar Eclipse [caption id="attachment_1676" align="aligncenter" width="688"] My photo of the Supermoon Eclipse on September 27th, 2015[/caption] Supermoon Lunar Eclipse I am very excited about the total eclipse of the "supermoon" on the night of September 27-28, 2015, and you should be too! This full moon happens to be the closest one to Earth of the year, ( Approximately 220,000 miles away instead of its average 240,000 miles) making it a "supermoon". During this total lunar eclipse, the moon will appear about 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter! Up he…