Monthly Archives: June 2013

June 23rd Superfull Moon

The term “supermoon” or “superfull moon” is enough to make the marketing skeptic in me cringe, but alas one must sometimes play along with the game, and use such opportunities as a good excuse to get out and about with the camera. On the 23rd June the moon was at its closest to Earth for this year, at which point it looked marginally larger from our perspective. The variation is due to its non-circular orbit around Earth. The next such occurrence is August 10th next year (source).

I took a few snaps of the Moon last night to record the event and have something fun to share. It is a good excuse to get the camera out. This is the first image I have processed, showing the Moon and silhouetted gumtrees (very Australian I thought!):

Superfull Moon with Silhouettes 23rd June 2013

and … Here is a second photograph from the same evening a bit earlier when the moon was lower and more orange, a nice wider field take on silhouettes with the “supermoon” (I keep expecting to see a caped superhero flying past, don’t you?):

Superfull Moon with Silhouettes (panoramic)

 

New product: Morning Sky with Fog

I am slowly working my way through photographs I have added to my previous blog over the last couple of years, making them available as products on this new website. This photograph of the morning sky with fog is one of my favourite from the last two years. The vibrant blue, soft sunrise hues, sharp silhouettes and the sky filled with so many interesting objects! Taken in 2012.

View the product page for Morning Sky with Fog Panoramic by clicking here.

Early Morning Sky with Fog (with Pleiades, Jupiter, Venus, Orion and Sirius)

Early Morning Sky with Fog (with Pleiades, Jupiter, Venus, Orion and Sirius)

Leading up to The Super Full Moon

There has been much talk lately of the impending “Super Full Moon”. This is when the moon is closer to Earth than most other times when it is full. The difference in kilometres and apparent size is not enormous, but is enough to resolve a little more detail on the surface for a given lens/telescope.

With the weather forecast for Sunday (full moon night) looking very bad for Perth, I thought I’d pop out with the camera this evening and snap the nice bright moon while I could. It looks beautiful in this phase, with much of the moon visible but still a nice line of shadows across the terminator.

Prints and copyrighted use is available upon request.

In the lead up to the Super Full Moon in three days time, this is the view of The Moon on the evening of 20th June 2013.

In the lead up to the Super Full Moon in three days time, this is the view of The Moon on the evening of 20th June 2013.

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So really, what astrophotography do I sell?

I was building my new website just now, and came across this great photograph taken at my AstroFest 2012 stall. If you were ever in any doubt as to what my prints looked like in person, and what type of products I sell, this should help!

Photograph of AstroFest 2012 Astrophotography Store - annotated.

AstroFest 2012 Astrophotography Store – with products labelled showing some of the Astro Photography Australia product range