A Very New Moon

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This is a new moon at 7.3% (a full moon being 100%). I was standing out in the snow trying to catch this image for almost an hour. I couldn’t see the moon with my naked eye. I used binoculars and searched (and searched). It was also too faint to focus on through the viewfinder. (This image is cropped pretty heavily.) I was just giving up when I finally spotted the thin sliver.

I have tried whenever I could to get photos of the new moon setting. This is the newest I have been able to get (so far). I encourage you photographers out there to try to capture the new moon. It’s a fun challenge. There are several good astronomy apps out there (I use Moon Seeker) … they can really help you locate where the moon is … or plan where it’s going to be. Of course, you also need clear skies.

I was using a tripod and cable release … and used mirror lock up mode to minimize camera shake. That helps get you detail on the moon’s face … (not that there is any to see here).

Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: Nikon 300mm PF
ISO 1000    1/80 sec    f/4.5

Crescent Moon with Luminescent Clouds

Crescent Moon with Luminescent Clouds 2018-10-10 by Allan J Jones Photography
Crescent Moon with Luminescent Clouds

This was the moonset on October 10, 2018 at 7:26PM … 12.8% waxing. I’m really glad that there wasn’t a baseball playoff game on or I might not have noticed the moon out my window. As it was, I had to hurry and get my tripod set up and the right lens on the camera. I was hurrying to get the focus set (and I had some issues with camera bounce)… so didn’t even notice the luminescent clouds above the moon. They were only there for a a couple minutes. The first such photo I have been able to take. I’m happy.

Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: Nikon 300mm 1.4 PF
ISO 200    3 seconds    f/6.3

15.5% New Moon — July 14th

15.5% new moon, July 14, 2018
15.5% new moon, July 14, 2018

This was 14 July 2018 at about 9:40PM. I used a tripod to keep the trees and the surface of the moon both in focus at f/6.3 without bumping up the ISO too high. The sunset was just fading and the range of pastels was very nice.

Camera: Nikon D810
Lens: Nikon 300mm f4
ISO 800    1/160 sec    f/6.3

Lunar Eclipse

2015 September Lunar Eclipse
2015 September Lunar Eclipse

This was the lunar eclipse on 27 September 2015.

Lunar eclipses are much easier to shoot than a solar eclipse and are a lot more common.  Of course, there is a lot more impact if you can get some subject matter in the foreground. In my case, it was going to be a construction site, so I skipped the foreground. I used the chain link fence top to steady the camera.

Camera: Nikon Df
Lens:   Nikon 28-300mm set at 250mm
ISO 3200   1/4sec   f/5.6