Beside the ‘Full Snow Moon’ (the traditional name for the full moon that occurs in February) observers across North America had a chance to see a penumbral lunar eclipse tonight. I may have been a little too late for watching the eclipse and we had still a hazy cloud cover when I went outside. A penumbral eclipse is rather subtle, however, I didn’t see really any unusual shading of the moon.
Tomorrow night comet 45P/ Honda-Mrkos-Pajdušáková makes its closest approach to earth. The comet has been visible for months but tomorrow night is supposed to be the best view. Lots of things going on in the sky this weekend… ;-)
I haven’t done any photography of the moon since a long time but tonight I thought it would be a good reason to do it again. By mounting the Sigma 150-600 mm plus the 1.4x teleconverter to the camera I had a focal length of 850 mm. I could have cropped the image but I like to get it right in camera. By selecting the DX-mode in the Nikon D750 (using only a part of the sensor) I have the viewing angle of a 1275 mm lens. With other words, the photo reflects what I saw in the viewfinder tonight. I shot from our balcony but this wooden structure vibrates with any movement that occurs. To minimize vibrations a cable release was used and the camera was set to ‘Mirror-up’ mode. I tried manual focus as well as autofocus and both worked good. I started with a fixed white balance of 4000k but found it was a little to bluish. Setting the camera to Auto-White Balance resulted in about 4750 K and I think that looks more natural.