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Largest Moon Of The Year!!! June 22, 2013

Posted by: Craig Carter on 06/22/2013 - 9:36 PM

Any captures yet???


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Posted by: Rebecca Sherman on 06/22/2013 - 9:39 PM

:) I just shot one. Nothing in front of it for perspective though. I'm going to try and find something nifty later to silhouette in front of it.



Posted by: Lynn Palmer on 06/22/2013 - 10:22 PM

It looked too cloudy here to try...stayed home instead.


Posted by: Rose Santuci-Sofranko on 06/22/2013 - 10:29 PM

Yep! Just took this in Western New York. Doesn't look any bigger then a regular full moon tho, but still a beautiful moon (the real one, not so much my photo!)

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Posted by: Rose Santuci-Sofranko on 06/22/2013 - 10:42 PM

And in Black and White:

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And Inverted/Negative Effect:

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Posted by: Theresa Tahara on 06/22/2013 - 10:51 PM

Too many clouds.


Posted by: J L Meadows on 06/22/2013 - 10:56 PM

Same with me, Theresa. It's been storming all day here, so I guess we Midwesterners won't get "mooned". ;)


Posted by: John Crothers on 06/22/2013 - 11:07 PM

The moon is the same size, just a bit closer!


Posted by: Janine Riley on 06/22/2013 - 11:29 PM

" I saw the moon....& the moon saw me".
My daughter got a few good nice shots with silhouettes of leaves and limbs. Maybe manana.


Posted by: Duane McCullough on 06/22/2013 - 11:34 PM

Nice shot of the moon Rebecca!

Notice the white spot in the far left near the edge of the moon -- that is the Aristarchus Crater. A very bright spot on the moon where most Transient Lunar Phenomenon events occur.

Just over a year ago, I was using a 10" Celestron telescope while looking at the moon during the earthshine phase -- which is when the darkside of the New Moon is illuminated by earth shine for a few days, and I noticed a mysterious glowing blue spot on the moon that I discovered later was the Aristarchus Crater.

This blue glowing spot was much brighter than any part of the darkside of the moon and I was amazed at what could cause such a glowing spot on the moon. My wife also saw it -- so it was not some optical illusion with the telescope.

Curious, I googled the words "blue glow on the moon" and found several links that ranged from "lunar out-gassing events" to a secret "nuclear-fusion power station" operated by Aliens.

After about the third night of the New Moon, the bright crescent side of the moon washes out any viewing opportunity of the site.

Anyway, for over a year now, I have seen this mysterious phenomenon almost every month and still wonder what kind of energy is causing this lunar mystery. I have a few theories -- is anybody else curious about this event?


Posted by: Craig Carter on 06/23/2013 - 12:05 AM

Thanks for the shots! I will try to get up early in the morning to catch something. They say the best time is 4:30 a.m.


Posted by: Angelina Vick on 06/23/2013 - 12:12 AM

I don't have a lens that can capture it well.

I can see it though, it does look big.


Posted by: Allen Lefever on 06/23/2013 - 12:53 AM

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I captured this hummingbird as it was hovering in front of this evening's moon.


Posted by: Christine Till on 06/23/2013 - 12:56 AM

That's THE BEST shot, Allen.

I saw the moon when it was huge, but it wasn't quite dark yet, so I decided to wait a bit longer... but after dark the moon looks just like every other full moon. So it's not worth bothering.


Posted by: Allen Lefever on 06/23/2013 - 12:58 AM

Thanks Christine. The moon was lined up just right with the hummingbird feeder so I couldn't resist the temptation. My efforts paid off!


Posted by: Christine Till on 06/23/2013 - 1:16 AM

They certainly did, Allen !!


Posted by: Paul Cowan on 06/23/2013 - 1:29 AM

There's nothing wrong with doing Moon photos but the excitement over so-called supermoons is ridiculous. If you assume that a 50mm camera lens non a full-frame camera accurately reflects what the eye sees, then the visual difference between a full Moon at its furthest distance and a "supermoon" is less than the difference between using a 50mm lens and a 58mm lens to shoot it.

As Angelina inadvertantly pointed out - what matters in shooting the Moon is having a big telephoto lens (and, frequently, good Photoshop skills), not whether it is a apogee or perigee. So if you want to do Moon photos, don't think that it makes any difference whether of not it is a "supermoon" - which means that you have many more opportunities to get that great picture than the excitement over supermoons suggests.


Posted by: Benjamin Yeager on 06/23/2013 - 1:30 AM

That's a neat shot Allen, great work!

I kept my eye on the clouds this afternoon and was thrilled when both Mount Rainier and the moon poked above them at sunset:
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To Paul's point, the moon looks like any other moon in my photo since I went for the wide landscape to capture the sunset colors. But there is a general excitement among people at the idea of the "super moon".


Posted by: Michael Hoard on 06/23/2013 - 1:56 AM

Fantastic photos everyone, i saw it low on the horizon and it did look super, went out earlier and I see it a bit larger than normal, and brighter, because its closer.


Posted by: Kathi Shotwell on 06/23/2013 - 2:08 AM

Cloudy. Might make it interesting to look at but not enough lens and too many mosquitoes.


Posted by: JG Thompson on 06/23/2013 - 8:42 AM

This was taken around 9 PM local time on June 22nd. According to the astronomical websites, the official super full moon in the Austin Texas area was 6:33 AM the following morning, on June 23rd, when the moon was almost set and behind clouds. Why did I get up so early?

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Posted by: Roy Erickson on 06/23/2013 - 9:34 AM

I forget where I read it - but there was something about the moon is the size of a dime held at arms length - no matter how large it may appear - the moon is NOT larger than it ever is.

I saw it last night and this morning when I went out for my walk. I still have not figured out how to take a pic of the moon when it is so bright that it is almost a silver disk. I've taken it with a little 'fog' in the air and it works - but with a clean sky - all I get is a white blob.


Posted by: Loree Johnson on 06/23/2013 - 10:19 AM


When the moon is full and the sky is clear, you need a fast shutter speed. Try f8 @ 1/125 and adjust from there to get the exposure you want. :-)


Posted by: Janice Drew on 06/23/2013 - 10:29 AM

I wanted to catch it coming over the horizon, but it stayed behind the clouds last night. The best shots, IMO, are those that put the moon in perspective to the surroundings...lighthouse, church steeple, etc.

I'm going to try again tonight.


Posted by: Billy Griffis Jr on 06/23/2013 - 11:02 AM

Roy - I got some shots last night with my 200mm Vivitar M42, at ISO 200 it worked great at f8 and 1/500 shutter speed. I took some hand held and a couple on a tripod before the mosquitoes ran me off, nothing good enough to upload though. Don't think I can upload right now anyway due to the bad gateway thing.

You have to meter on the moon itself rather than the background since it's much brighter than the surrounding sky, so the center spot metering I use works great if I want to let the camera do it, I usually go with manual and start at 1/250 and f8 then go from there. I took some shots at ISO100, still on the camera, and I think 1/350 was the same approximate exposure. I've been able to get shutter speeds up to 1/750 before and get good exposures...the slow shutter speeds you might expect will always result in the moon being blinding bright, and usually still a black you get a blown out white spot and a black sky...what I haven't figured out is how to get clouds to show up on a cloudy night...

I also need to dig up the shots I got last year at its closest approach in thousands of years, and some "normal" shots, it should show a difference, if shot with the same lens from the same approximate location, although any location on this planet can probably be considered the same approximate location...

I've seen some comparison shots, you can see a definite difference in two shots taken at normal distance and any close approach. You can see this at this site

If you're interested, some nice shots, including one of mine and some much better ones, are posted on the Pentax Forums here


Posted by: Mary Bedy on 06/23/2013 - 12:22 PM

I got a decent shot in the afternoon once with my 300 mm...that said, it was cloudy here last night. Going to look again tonight, but I'm not holding my breath. Thanks, for the tips Loree and Rich, I'll set the camera before I go out.

I was driving home from work one night about 7:30 pm (eastern time zone) and the road I was on pointed directly at where the evening moon was coming up. There was some atmospheric condition going on that made the moon look the largest I've ever seen it. I was trying not to run into the car ahead of me staring at this absolutely HUGE moon. Of course, I live 50 miles from the office, so by the time I got home there was nothing unusual about it. I got on line and found something about that atmospheric effect (which I can't remember), but I've never seen it look that big since. It was almost freakish....


Posted by: Rebecca Sherman on 06/23/2013 - 12:22 PM

@Duane: Thank you. Your observations are really interesting; I'm going to see if I can see what you've described.

There's a moon phases calendar here:

Would you say the nights of July 9, 10, 11 are the best for looking for that phenomena?


Posted by: Mario Legaspi on 06/23/2013 - 12:31 PM

Here is my shot
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taken around 8pm June 22, 2013


Posted by: Kerri Mortenson on 06/23/2013 - 12:35 PM

Taken around 5:00 am on June 23rd

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Posted by: Duane McCullough on 06/23/2013 - 12:57 PM

Thank you Rebecca -- I have tried viewing the crater area during the earthshine phase with a smaller telescope (3") but could not see the glowing spot very well. A bigger telescope will reveal the phenomenon up to 3 or 4 days after the first New Moon crecent.

The cause may be related to "glowing lunar dust fountains" believed by some scientist -- in fact, the LADEE mission (Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer) is set to launch this fall to investigate lunar events like this.

Anyway, thanks again for your response.

And sorry Craig for stepping on your post with my lunar story. This Super Full Moon is a unique event and our cameras are pointed at it;)

@Rebecca -- update, yes (I use the same calendar link) perhaps even on the 12th weather permitting.


Posted by: Kathi Shotwell on 06/23/2013 - 1:52 PM

For those still interested in getting a shot tonight, fellow FAA-er Frank Feliciano has an excellent blog post about photographing the moon that I found very easy to understand. I don't think he'll mind if I link to it from here.
Here's the link:
well it's supposed to be a link - copy and paste if it doesn't convert to a link.


Posted by: Kathi Shotwell on 06/23/2013 - 1:54 PM

Rebecca and Duane, really interesting link to the moon connections site. I saved it for when I have more time.

Love all these moon shots. I may go moon hunting tonight.


Posted by: Craig Carter on 06/23/2013 - 2:07 PM

No worries Duane. Interesting stuff!


Posted by: Janice Drew on 06/23/2013 - 11:10 PM

Super Moon of June 23, 2013 over Plymouth, Massachusetts.
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Same spot but zoomed in.
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Posted by: Craig Carter on 06/23/2013 - 11:43 PM

Great shot Janice! I read somewhere that if you utilized the horizon for moonshots its best. Your photos are proof of that fact. Thanks for sharing them.


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Posted by: Janice Drew on 06/24/2013 - 5:45 AM

Thank you! I appreciate it.


Posted by: Ernie Echols on 06/24/2013 - 3:48 PM

This one last night,

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Posted by: Craig Carter on 06/24/2013 - 3:59 PM

That looks simply wicked Ernie! Great shot. Thanks for posting.


Posted by: Susan Candelario on 06/26/2013 - 1:36 PM


Posted by: Craig Carter on 06/26/2013 - 1:41 PM

Great capture's Susan! Thanks for posting!


Posted by: Lynn-Marie Gildersleeve on 06/26/2013 - 3:56 PM

Wonderful shots everyone. Janice I particularly love the second Plymouth shot. Allen's humming bird and Susan's first pieces are great too.


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