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PostPosted: Mon Dec 28, 2009 12:07 pm 
...Blue Moon. That's right. :)

Although there are different definitions of the concept of a Blue Moon we'll have one this New Year's Eve. So if weather/cloud cover permits you might want to try your luck at a Moon shot that night because you'll have to wait until 2028 before we'll see another Blue Moon on New Year's Eve. And if you're not particularly bothered by a mere 19 year wait the next one after that will take twice as long with 38 years until 2066. That's a whopping 57 years from now so it seems fair to say that this event coinciding with New Year's Eve happens about...

...Once in a Blue Moon. :D

If you do get any Moon pics coming Thursday I trust you'll know where to show them.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 28, 2009 8:29 pm 
Pardon my astronomical ignorance, but:

1. What is a blue moon and what are the reasons behind it?
2. Is it going to be visible at certain locations only, and during which time frame?

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According to the link in the original post, physically it's just a regular normal full moon. The only "special" thing about it is that it is the 13th one in a year.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 28, 2009 10:53 pm 
In essence it's a full moon like any other. It's just that it's sort of an 'extra' full moon. And not only the thirteenth this year but also the second in one month and on top of that it also coincides with New Year's Eve which doesn't happen very often. Once in... you got it. :D

I thought it was just an interesting little factoid worth sharing and one more excuse for a photo-op for anyone interested in pointing his/her camera towards the night sky now and then.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 01, 2010 12:52 pm 
So, here it is, the blue moon we saw in Rankweil, Vorarlberg, Austria, taken at about 02:00am.

This is the first time I photograph the moon, and I must say it was much more challenging than I thought!

Enjoy.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 01, 2010 1:11 pm 
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Not much difference between the 2. At this phase it was very high up in the sky almost directly above. Tried many different settings on manual around 10:30 pm gmt, finishing up with
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iso 125

Now I gotta go sort the crik in my neck :wink:

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 01, 2010 1:13 pm 
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Not much difference between the 2


Well, we were photographing the same thing, weren't we? ;-)

Nice shot! I too had problems with my neck afterwards...


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Overcast and flurries here last evening.
Got a quick glimpse as it rose around 5pm and that was it til about 3am and I wasn't gettin out the gear then...
It was definately bedtime 8)

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 01, 2010 5:16 pm 
This Is My Best Pic Of It, When It Was First Rising
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