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Full Moon as Seen from St. Lucia

Moon from Rodney Bay, St. Lucia

Moon from Rodney Bay, St. Lucia

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Waxing Gibbous Moon

Waxing Gibbous Moon

Waxing Gibbous Moon

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Half-moon in the Morning

Another shot of the moon, again using my 500mm lens on the new, sturdier tripod my wife bought for me last Xmas:

Half-moon in the Morning

Half-moon in the Morning

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Jupiter and its Moons

Woke up before sunrise this morning and noticed Jupiter high overhead while stepping outside to check the temperature. Got out the tripod, camera and 500mm lens and managed to get the following picture:

Ganymede, Callisto, Io and a Bit of Europa by an Over-exposed Jupiter

Ganymede, Callisto, Io and a Bit of Europa by an Over-exposed Jupiter

From left-to-right, the moons you can see are Ganymede, Callisto, Io and a bit of Europa adjacent to an over-exposed Jupiter.

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Full Moon Overhead

Full Moon (Shot Using "Bigma" 500mm Lens)

Full Moon (Shot Using “Bigma” 500mm Lens)

For once we had clear skies, and when I looked outside a full moon was directly overhead. Grabbed my “Bigma” lens (a 500mm Sigma with a four/thirds mount) and went outside. I played around with aperture settings and with focus, and out of about 40+ shots this was the one that was the most crisp. Some contrast added using PhotoShop Lightroom in order to bring out more detail.

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Crescent Moon Before Sunrise

Shot with my 200mm lens about an hour before the sun came up:

Crescent Moon Before Sunrise

Crescent Moon Before Sunrise

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Venus and Crescent Moon Just After Sunrise

Shot with my 200mm fast lens early this morning from the back deck of our house:

Venus and Moon in Morning Sky

Venus and Moon in Morning Sky

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Waxing Gibbous Moon Shot Using the “Bigma” Lens

A beautiful waxing gibbous moon was out this evening, high in the sky and waiting to be photographed. So I obliged. ;-)

It gave me another chance to try out my 50-500mm Sigma “Bigma” lens on my camera when set up on a tripod. I still find that at full extension the focus is bit mushy, and I seem to get the best results between 400-450mm. Still, here is arguably the best shot of the sequence I took, which shows enough detail so that you can see the sunlight hitting the tall peaks of the Montes Jura mountain range on the moon flanking Sinus Iridus (the black basalt plain making up one of the moon’s “eyes”) before it has made it all the way to the bottom of the lunar plain.

Gibbous Moon with Sun Falling on the Peak of Sinus Iridum

Gibbous Moon with Sun Falling on the Peak of Sinus Iridum

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Test Astrophotography Shots Using the Bigma Lens

A brilliant half-Moon was out under clear skies, so I mounted the Bigma lens on the Olympus E-620, set up my tripod on the back deck and aimed at the sky.

I had more luck using the Bigma lens when it was set between 400-450mm, but I did manage a few shots at 500mm where things were sharp. Here’s the best of the lot:

Half-Moon Shot Using the Bigma Lens

Half-Moon Shot Using the Bigma Lens

Jupiter and Venus were also out in the early morning sky, relatively low in the eastern skies. None of my shots of Jupiter came out, and all of the ones I shot of Venus ended up being slightly over-exposed or showing signs of chromatic aberration. Still, this one shot shows that there’s some promise:

Crescent Venus

Crescent Venus

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Moon and Jupiter in a Cloudy Night Sky

Was stuck for taking a picture of the day until I looked outside from my back deck and saw the moon and Jupiter high in the sky. So I dug out the tripod, tried various settings and this is the one I am happiest with:

Moon and Jupiter in a Cloudy Night Sky

Moon and Jupiter in a Cloudy Night Sky

I wouldn’t normally take an astronomical shot on a cloudy night, but I liked the colours that appeared in the cloud just by the bright moon, which I think comes out well in this shot. The bright dot of Jupiter appears lower-left in the shot.

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