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  • #1918
    ravnostic
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    It’s hard capturing a moon not yet 2 days old.

    Yesterday, at noon (PDT, which is Arizona standard time as we don’t need to ‘save’ daylight), the moon was new (and there was an eclipse of the sun, if you happened to be in the Pacific ocean.)

    32 hours later, I took this shot. The moon is some 32 hours old (well, it doesn’t say so in my software program, but I extrapolated). What it does say is that the moon is 2.5% full. That’s not much. Newspapers write about capturing the moon when it’s 48 hours old–and how difficult it is to do so.

    And I got it. I’ve tried years for this shot. In my 30+ years of looking upon the heavens, I’ve never seen it, let alone captured it on film. But now I have–both seen, and captured. I can die now. Life is complete. (Okay, I’ll need to get the companion shot of the moon just before going new, but then I can die.)

    Click the link (below) for the full sized image.

    http://fossilspringsaz.com/pics/2010/jul/14/img_9545a.jpg

    Elsewise, here’s the mini-version:

    Bird is an added shot to the crop. I have others where the elec. lines don’t interfere, but I mean, hey–it’s a bird, you gotta love having that in the picture, no?

    #31003
    chupathingie
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    Nice! That is one seriously thin sliver of moon…

    #31004
    LeicaLens
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    That’s no moon…

    #31005
    ravnostic
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    Yes, Leica, it is. I can give you a dozen shots just like it, slowly setting down the horizon (some are blurrier than others; used bracketing, of course).

    http://fossilspringsaz.com/pics/2010/jul/12/img_9544.jpg

    (Change the last two numbers from 44 through 67 for the full set)

    #31006
    orionid
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    *like*

    #31007
    ravnostic
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    For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return.

    ~Leonardo Da Vinci

    Indeed.

    #31008
    LeicaLens
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    …it’s a space station.

    /don’t tell me you missed that reference, rav?

    #31009
    ravnostic
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    …it’s a space station.

    /don’t tell me you missed that reference, rav?

    Sadly, I did. It’s been a while since I paid any attention to all things ‘Lucas’. Why, if it weren’t for my ‘Princess Leia’ headphone-style hairpieces, I’d still not be getting it.

    #31010
    LeicaLens
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    Dear-ho me, rav, an astronomy geek not up on his Star Wars. Next you’ll be telling me you hate Star Trek.

    #31011
    ravnostic
    Participant

    Actually I was only a fan of Star Wars when I was a kid. As an adult, not so much. But Star Trek? Love them, even the odd ones.

    #31012
    chupathingie
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    Not sure where else to post this, but we’ve got a CME headed our way tonight… should be a good night to set up a tripod and try for some aurora action, especially for you northern folks. I’m going to have a look myself, even as far south as I am. I’ve seen them as far south as Atlanta before, so ya never know. With my Clear Sky Clock looking like it does, I can’t miss the chance.

    #31013
    ravnostic
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    Seems like a good enough place to post to me! I’ve never seen one, in all these years looking up; Phoenix isn’t exactly dark enough; I’ll think of heading north…

    #31014
    orionid
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    #31015
    chupathingie
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    hmmmm… looks like expectations are that it will not extend below 49 degrees N latitude. Leaves me out, but you might catch some, Orionid… I suspect you’re not terribly far south of that. Should be visible from Toronto supposedly, which puts the Adirondacks in range.

    #31016
    Lovesandwich
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    My best thin crescent…


    Thin crescent by travelcedric, on Flickr

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