Flintstone Stargazing

December 12, 2008

Full (Oak) Moon on 12/12/08

Filed under: astronomy, Astrophotography, Moon, Observation Journal — Tags: — Ed @ 11:18 pm

Tonight’s full Moon, as many have heard on the news today, is the largest apparent view of the full Moon this year (and for a while). Of course the actual size of the Moon has not changed, it’s just at its closest point to the Earth for a while. To illustrate how much of a difference this makes, I’ve put together the following comparison:

The image above compares my images of the full (or nearly full) Moon from three other dates in 2008 (3/20, 5/18 – full on the 20th, 7/20) with the full Moon from tonight. Each of these images was taken with my Nikon D50 through my LXD75 8″ Schmidt-Newtonian, so they are all on the exact same equipment and you can see the difference tonight is noticable, but not massive – it is not noticible to me visually, or even through my telescope.

That said, it did look beautiful in the cold skies this evening.



  1. What a beautiful photo!! So sharp and contrasty, I love a good wide-field view of the moon!


    Comment by Sean Welton — December 16, 2008 @ 12:26 am

  2. Thanks – I also am a big fan of wide-field shots.

    Comment by Ed — December 17, 2008 @ 11:21 am

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