Category Archives: Astrophotography

May 30th 2018 Waning Gibbous Moon

Image of Waning Gibbous Moon
May 30th 2018 Waning Gibbous Moon

Driving home Heloise and I noticed the moon on the horizon looking impressive. Threw the Tamron 150-600 G1 on the Nikon D7200 and managed to capture this image with the camera set to ISO 100, 1/200th, F8. I even captured some incredibly sharp images using just a mono-pod all the way down to 1/60th of a second.  Truly awesome how useful the Tamron VC is!

Good Morning January 31st, 2018

2018 Blue Blood Moon and Lunar Eclipse!  The moon was busy this morning.  It had the duty of being the second full moon of January, a Super Moon,  and a Blood Moon.  Unfortunately their was a lot of haze when snapping the pictures this morning so the moon is a bit softer as the eclipse progressed.

Image of 2018 Super Blue Blood Moon
2018 Super Blue Blood Moon

Good Morning October 6th 2017 – Harvest Moon

Last night was the harvest moon.  It was a gorgeous balmy night around 92* (33c) in Phoenix when Heloise and I were outside to take this shot around 9:45pm.

I tried a few different settings from this one of the first taken with the Nikon D7200 and Tamron 150-600 G1 lens at 1.3x crop / f6.3 / 600mm / ISO 100 / At 1/640th sec with VR turned on.  To F8 at 1000th of a sec with VR turned off.  They almost all looked identical.  Even dropped the focal length to 500 to see if we might coax a bit more sharpness, but nothing discernible.  All were taken with remote shutter release on 2 second delay.

In my opinion there was just too much haze in the sky.  It would have been great to get out of Phoenix to some Dark Skies that don’t suffer from such nasty pollution.  Heloise was required to work later though so we were not able to get out.

Image of the 2017 Harvest Moon in Phoenix
2017 Harvest Moon as seen in Phoenix

May 10th 2017 Flower Moon and Sunset

What a beautiful evening.  Perfect balmy temperatures and a gorgeous full moon and sunset!  I hope you enjoy the images.

Taken with a Nikon D3300, D7200, and Nikon 35mm F1.8G DX, Nikon 55-300, Tamron 150-600 G1 at 600 f8 1/400th.

Image of May 10th, 2017 Moon Rise aka Flower Moon
Full Flower Moon at rise on May 10th, 2017.
Image of Sunset on May 10th, 2017
Sunset on May 10th, 2017
Image of a Ying Yang symbol created by Mark Finch that reflects the flower moon and sunset from May 10th, 2017
Flower Moon, and Sunset Yin Yang by Mark Finch
Image of May 10th, 2017 Moon Rise aka Flower Moon
May 10th, 2017 Flower Moon at Full Rise.

December 12th, 2016 Super Moon Shots

Heloise and I took some interesting shots of the December Super Moon, but with all the haze it isn’t as sharp as it could be. Later after we got home from Anthem the moon looked like it had cut through the haze and blasted a hole to shine through. I have never seen anything like this, leave a comment if you know the technical name for it.

December 12th, 2016 Super Moon
December 12th, 2016 Super Moon
December 12th, 2016 Super Moon
December 12th, 2016 Super Moon
December 12th, 2016 Super Moon
December 12th, 2016 Super Moon
December 12th, 2016 Super Moon
December 12th, 2016 Super Moon
December 12th, 2016 Super Moon
December 12th, 2016 Super Moon
December 12th, 2016 Super Moon
December 12th, 2016 Super Moon
December 12th, 2016 Super Moon
December 12th, 2016 Super Moon
December 12th, 2016 Super Moon
December 12th, 2016 Super Moon
December 12th, 2016 Super Moon
December 12th, 2016 Super Moon
December 12th, 2016 Super Moon
December 12th, 2016 Super Moon

Lunar Venus Conjunction – December 3rd, 2016

Images of the Lunar Venus Conjunction from December 3rd, 2016.  Heloise and I went out to Sunset Point Rest Area in Black Canyon City, Arizona to take some pictures of the conjunction.  The pics below are all taken with the Nikon D7200 and Tamron 150-600mm G1 lens, except for the horizon picture which was taken with the Nikon 18-55mm VR2 lens at 21mm.

We had to cut it short because even with two jackets on Heloise was freezing.  I think we grabbed all the good pictures anyway.

Image of Lunar Waxing Crescent
Lunar Waxing Crescent at 600mm taken with Nikon D7200 and Tamron 150-600mm G1
Image of Lunar Waxing Crescent
Lunar Waxing Crescent at 500mm taken with Nikon D7200 and Tamron 150-600mm G1
Image of Venus Lunar Conjunction at Sunset
Venus Lunar Conjunction at 21mm taken with Nikon D7200 and 18-55mm VR2
Image of Venus Lunar Conjunction at Sunset
Venus Lunar Conjunction at 21mm taken with Nikon D7200 and 18-55mm VR2