Thursday, June 11, 2009

Fly me to the Stars

This photo is the last picture I took the other evening while at the Paint Mines. It's cropped a lot to get the moon this big. It's also a bit fuzzy - there was a bit of a moon dog that night. I actually quite amazed at how well it turned out. I'd love to have access to a large telescope and take some big photos of the moon, photos of the planets (Jupiter and Mars), galaxies, nebulae, etc.

Be sure to point your browser over to Skywatch Friday.


Russ said...

Writing the phrase "Jupiter and Mars" set off the association with Sinatra's 'Fly me to the Moon':

Fly me to the moon
Let me play among the stars
Let me see what spring is like
On a-Jupiter and Mars
In other words, hold my hand
In other words, baby, kiss me

Now its running endlessly through my head.

And my toes...

Lee Spangler said...

That Sinatra song is addicting for me as well. it is always nice to see the moon this way. It's never boring. The craters are really distinct.

2sweetnsaxy said...

Funny, I don't think this is fuzzy at all. I think it's magnificent!! It looks to me as great as any shot I'd see on a NASA website or something. Awesome!!

Guy D said...

Fantastic moon shot, thanks for sharing.

Have a great weekend
Regina In Pictures

Sylvia K said...

Fantastic shot and you've got me humming the Frank Sinatra song! What a great way to wind down my day!

Enjoy the weekend, Russ!

ms toast burner said...

And not a cyclist in sight! ;-)

Fantastic photo, Russ.

There is an observatory in town and I remember last time I went there, there were a few bods out there with big lenses all hooked up to laptops and stuff. It was amazing what they could see and show on their screens. It was more interesting then the actual observatory!

Photo Cache said...

I wish I could photograph the moon this pretty. Maybe the first thing is to buy a good camera eh. Anyway, you are a gifted photog.

Bryan said...

I'm guessing you shot this at the upper extreme of your longer lens. Do you happen to remember the shutter speed you used? I've never really gotten a good shot of the moon at 200mm.

Larry D said...

Perfect song for a great photo!

Congelato said...

A magical photograph, I love it.

Gaelyn said...

Great moon shot. Sure wish I could zoom in that much.

Debbie @Like a Rose said...

Amazing shot! Just beautiful.

Anonymous said...

Mmmm Beautiful!

T and S said...

WOW, that's such a beautiful image of the Moon with stunning details and perfect exposure. Awesome...Thomas

joshi daniel said...

even after cropping the details are very clear!

Russ said...

Thanks everyone!

Bryan - the spec of the shot are:
ISO 100

I used a tripod. For some shots I turned on the image stabilization even with the tripod. This shot is one of those.

I would have like to use a f-stop closer the center of the range, but I wanted a fast shot. But, should've tried it.