Sunday, 27 December 2009


With a few thin breaks in the cloud last night there was a halo round the Moon. I tried several shots but it was very difficult to photograph the effect. Either the halo showed but the Moon was well over exposed or the Moon surface features showed and the halo was lost.

Moon 001

Moon 002

I didn't get the tripod out, just rested the camera on the side gate, so I was quite pleased to see the Moon's craters in the second photo.

We did manage to get out of the lane this morning so Bobby won't be giving me dirty looks all day today.

Yesterday I put a large auger bit in the cordless drill to make a few holes in the ice on the pond and was quite surprised to find it was over one inch thick. That is going to take a long time to thaw.


  1. Well done on your 2nd moon photo - it's really impressive.

    It must be bedlam at your Birdy Bistro again today with all the birds chirping, keen to get onto the feeders for some welcome food.

  2. Lovely photos of the moon. I'm glad I can just look at the photos of the ice and snow without having to experience it!

  3. Great detail in that second shot John.

  4. ...the second photo is spectacular. I've never tried night photography... Hmmm....I might want to try because I love the photo...

  5. Hello Twosie. Things have calmed down a lot at the Birdy Bistro since the snow disappeared from the bushes, trees and lawn.

    I have tried many time to photograph the Moon and that was the first time I saw any detail.

  6. Hello Mick. Snow I don't mind in reasonable quantities. It really brightens up a dreary Winter and it is possible to walk on it. The ice I can do without ;)

  7. Hello Keith. I was pleased to get the detail as I have tried quite a few times without success. I was surprised that the shutter speed was 1/200 sec. I think most other attempts have been with a full Moon which lacks shadow detail anyway.

  8. Hello Kelly. My first success at getting some detail. I used a 200mm zoom lens on the 350D so it was a small crop. Next time I will try my 500mm zoom on the 50D so hopefully will get sharper detail.

    Maybe your new spotting scope would give a reasonable close up.


Thank you for visiting. Hope you enjoyed the pictures. Any comment, or correction to any information or identification I get wrong, is most welcome. John

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