Just 7 days to go now with the dissertation, then I get my life back. I don't even have my faint fuzzies to provide a little light relief because tbe sky is so, well, light this week due to the moon. I took this photo this evening with Dad's Nikon and the 500mm lens:
Dad has kindly lent me his Nikon D3100 DSLR camera. I opened up the aperture, put ISO to 3200, put it on the ground (on a piece of card...) and took a 30 second exposure. Here's the result (after enhancing in Photoshop)
The milky way around the constellation Cygnus is clearly visible, and I'm pretty sure this is NGC 7000, The North America Nebula, so called because of its shape:
Oh dear days without a post. It's not on is it? I'm stuck in an airless room in Tottenham very day these days, getting files ready for the external verifier who is coming to check all the students' work on Wednesday, which is just about as dull as it sounds.
Anyway, it's not all bad. Recently I put together all my Moon images and video into a short movie and here it is. For busy 4AoSers, the good stuff starts around 8 minutes in:
Yes, quite easily. The Orion Nebula is getting higher in the sky every night so you should have no trouble photographing it, even handheld. You need to set your camera on manual settings, open up the aperture fully, and use a shutter speed of at least half a second. And focus on infinity.
Here's a still taken with the Panasonic SD900 video camera 2 nights ago, handheld, half second exposure.
Not impressive, I know.
Now with Levels changed in Gimp ('free photoshop')
Still not impressive but at least it's there. Threshold makes it clearer
I thought for a moment that his "orange Moon" experience was similiar to his recent "pink elephant experience" (s) if you know I'm saying... but I went outside and checked anyway, and the Moon is indeed orange!
Luckily I've got my 500mm Ultratelephoto lens to capture the magic.
Apart from cropping, this is straight out of the camera:
What's going on? Well it's the same explanation as to why the Sun appears orange at sunrise and sunset, namely, when it's low on the horizon the light has to travel through more air, which scatters the short wavelength blue end of the spectrum leaving the long wavelength red end:
I'm thinking of making Nick the official 4AoS Moon-Man. He alerted me to the fact that the biggest Moon for 18 was showing well (yesterday's post) and now he's just texted to say that it's turned a funny colour, and By Golly he's right:
Also notice how the shadows are forming on the upper right side, compared to the upper left side last night: