I had a notion this evening to grab my camera and take a photo of the waxing gibbous moon shining overhead at 85% illumination. Again, as I did taking the photo of the emerging crescent moon last week, I did not use a tripod and remote shutter release, but rather I propped myself and the camera up against one of the porch pillars out in the courtyard. I used the automatic program shutter priority along with some post-processing to get the result seen above.
The Camera Settings were:
- Camera – Canon Rebel EOS SL1
- Program – Shutter Priority
- Shutter Speed Set To 1/4000 sec
- F Stop – 5.6
- ISO 6400
- Lens – Canon EF 75-300 set to 300mm Focal Length
Other than shutter speed, the camera automatically picked the other settings. In the post processing, I used my IRFANVIEW utility to crop the image, to enhance the gamma setting and eliminate the chromatic aberration caused by the cheap Telephoto lens. I would really like to get a better lens, but they are somewhat cost-prohibitive for as often as I have a need for one. I do have a camera adapter for my little Matsutov-Cassegrain telescope, but that, like a bunch of other things only comes out when I am highly motivated. Maybe the motivation will come one of these nights.
After I took the photo, Damsel and I stepped out to the courtyard to enjoy a nearly overhead pass of the International Space Station. The weather is starting to cool off a bit and we wore outer garments for the first time since early spring. This evening, the temperature plummeted to the low 70s which we consider quite cool. I know, I know, it’s snowing up north, and lots of snowbirds are already in town because of it.
As of 2200, it’s down to 32*, we’re have a thunderstorm, and it’s snowing.
Thunder and snow together? I’ve heard of it, but this is the first time I’ve seen it!
Keep warm and dry with Pebbles there, DrJim. Dogs like to be comforted when it gets like that – and people too!
It was 80.2* yesterday afternoon, and dropped to 21.4* overnight. We has about 2″ of snow, and several species of trees here responded by dropping 90% of their leaves in just a few hours. There are little ‘islands of green’ in the streets and peoples yards under these trees where the leaves look to be several inches thick!
Strong reminder that Winter is just around the corner.
Our maple in the front is turning, and I’ll try and catch some pix of it when we get some good lighting, along with the crabapple in the back yard.