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PostPosted: Wed Mar 09, 2011 9:39 pm 
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Read today that the lunar perigee is on 19th March. The moon will be at it's closest to Earth for 19 yrs this time & could appear 14% bigger than normal.

I'll certainly be trying a few shots as usual (weather permitting :roll: ) but thought about you guys with your `scopes`.
Will it make a huge difference to you?

Also, they said it could also appear around 25%+ brighter. Presumably for taking photos, settings will have to be adjusted accordingly to avoid `blown` pics.

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Scope or not, bigger and/or brighter helps with capturing detail.

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Just to clarify, the distance between the moon and the Earth varies as the moon orbits around the Earth. The natural variation of the apparent size of the moon as it moves from Perigee to Apogee and vice versa is around 10%. So 14% larger than normal is a bit misleading :wink:

This is the first time for a while, I think, that the moon has reached perigee to coincide with a full moon which should make for good viewing.

Nevertheless it is all academic as we know we will be clouded out :roll: :roll: :roll:

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Ok, we're a day early to be completely full, but the moon is up there right now, big and bright. I've got my scope and two lenses outside now cooling down (damn those thermal focus shifts) so will be having a go at the moon shortly.

Now to find my camera scope mount as I haven't used it in a long time...

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we are cloudy rigt now but if it clears tonight or tomorrow I'm gonna give it a shot.

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Clear-ish skies here. Slight haze but the moon is powerful enough to blast through it. Got a ton of shots I'll sort out later...

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