Flintstone Stargazing

February 16, 2008

The Moon on 2/16/08

Filed under: astronomy, Astrophotography, Moon, Observation Journal — Tags: — Ed @ 11:58 pm

The Moon on 2/16/08

Tonight started off very cloudy and I planned on just staying inside. At around 9:50 though, when I walked by the window, I thought I saw stars. After going outside, sure enough it had cleared. While it was still somewhat hazy, the Moon is bright enough to be clearly visible to the scope and so I figured I should get some shots. I also took some lunar crater detail shots and some images of Saturn that I need to process before I upload them so it’ll probably be some time tomorrow before they show up here. It’s also quite warm out – somewhere around 55°F so I’ve been quite comfortable.



  1. Did you happen to see or photograph the large halo earlier in the evening? I’m up in Dahlonega, in the North Georgia Mountains….I’d love to see a pic if anyone took one! It was beautiful!

    Comment by Martha — February 17, 2008 @ 1:20 am

  2. I absolutely saw it – the haze created a halo that was at least 25 moon widths across. Moon halos that large are nearly impossible to photograph because of 1) their immense size – you need a very, very wide angle lens and 2) the large disparity in brightness between the moon and the halo. Our eyes are easily able to adapt to the difference, but it’s more difficult for a camera. I’m sure it’s been done before, but I don’t have the eqipment or knowledge to get it. I did think about it though. It was quite pretty.

    Comment by Ed — February 17, 2008 @ 2:02 am

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