The Moon

The Moon is Earth’s only permanent natural satellite and affects the gravitational pull of our planet more in some places than others. It makes a complete orbit around the Earth every 27.3 days, known as its sidereal period.

With the right techniques and a little practice, you too can take amazing photos of the full Moon, and during every other lunar phase. One of the ultimate astrophotography experiences is to capture a total lunar eclipse using an ordinary DSLR camera.

camera settings for a lunar eclipse

The Moon is extremely bright compared to the night sky behind it. This makes properly exposing an image of the Moon difficult to do without the right camera settings.

If you are interested in taking a picture of the moon, be sure to see my moon photography tips.

Deep-Sky Astrophotography During a Full Moon

Deep-Sky Astrophotography During a Full Moon

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 its waning gibbous phase. This reminds me of a question that comes up…

2016 Harvest Moon

2016 Harvest Moon

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…

Photograph the Moon with a Point and Shoot Camera

Photograph the Moon with a point and shoot camera You can take some incredible pictures of the moon through a telescope using an inexpensive point-and-shoot camera. Some of my very first astrophotography images were of the moon in its many phases using the afocal method (eyepiece projection does not use a camera lens) method. The…