Harvest Moon

A Harvest Moon is the moon nearest to the beginning of the fall equinox. It was given this name because the extra evening light it provided would allow farmers to see later into the evening to finish their Harvest.

i tried shooting this in raw and stacking and the result was awful. Appearently, my skills are lacking. I went back to the he eyepiece and did it old school and came up with a better version.

The Plato Crater was very prominent as well.  Such a beautiful crater.

 

Lunar Occultation of Aldebaran

Yours is the light by which my spirit is born: my sun, my moon and all my stars. -E.E. Cummings

My favorite image of Aldebaran being occulted by the moon. This was before it happened, but I love how you feel as if you are flying over the moon. Very reminiscent of the Apollo 11 moon landing. I feel like Neil, Buzz and Aldrin looking out over the moon.

Apollo 11 flying over the moon before landing

Lunar Occultation of Venus

First contact of the Moon occulting Venus

Do you know how difficult it is to find a sliver of the moon on a bright sunny day? I’m really surprised I saw this, much less imaged it. These were taken at the eyepiece with my Canon Rebel DSLR.

Occultations by the moon, are common, especially Aldebaran. Unfortunately, very few are seen in the continental United States.