Thursday, February 21, 2008

Day 53 POTD Lunar Eclipse and Saturn!

Oh, my, it was cold out there! Not the greatest photos, but they make me happy! Shot in manual mode, with manual focus, 18-135 mm lens at 120mm; ISO 400; f/5.6; exp 2".

In the 2nd photo, I adjusted the levels significantly. And see that little planet/star thingy-in-the sky toward the bottom left? Not a smudge on my lens; . . . I checked space.com and I think it's Saturn! The other little ball toward the top right may be Regulus. This is what space.com says, " As the moonlight dims - it won't go totally dark - Saturn and Regulus will pop out and sandwich the moon. Regulus is the brightest star in the constellation Leo." Jupiter is going to be visible Friday night. Whatever it is, I really don't think it was the satellite shot down by the navy out in the Pacific! (which I think was going on at about this same time; lots of action in the sky these days!)

I wish I had gotten photos of the Perseid meteor shower I saw last summer in Minnesota from a houseboat in Voyageur National Park!

19 comments:

Scrapper88 said...

Great shots, man it was cold out there. DH and I watched it but no way I could have gotten a good picture. Way to go!

Debbi said...

These are fantastic, Angela! I didn't get the other planets in my shots. I was SOOOO COLD!!!! I just didn't have the patience to do the job I really wanted to do! I think you are right about Jupiter and Saturn - I'm pretty sure I read that in an article yesterday. Very cool!

Amy said...

So cool! I'm going to have to show these to my dd (she's 8) as we're studying astronomy this year for science. She's going to be so excited since she was bummed we couldn't see the eclipse last night. You did great!

Trina said...

Wow, those are awesome!!! I missed it, so it is great to see everyone's pics!

Bobbi said...

Yeah it was way too cold for me to even think about trying. You did a great job though, I love the look of the last one.

Mom2Drew said...

Wow...whatever you did to that last one is very very cool...

cari said...

Great shots. I tried and didn't get anything. I can't believe you got saturn in there also!
Cari

Amanda said...

I just love these Angela. The color is so fun and beautiful. Wow! I can't believe the great shots everyone got of the eclipse!

pat said...

Holy Astronomy, Batman! These are AWESOME shots! You probably froze your shutter finger off, but man, these are soooo neat!

Liz said...

I love that you got Saturn in there too... how cool is that?! These are so bright, how did you do that?

On another note, you mentioned your doggy Bonnie yesterday on my post about Simon, he is 13 as well. This winter has been tough on him but he has lived a long and LOVED life.

pakosta said...

those are rocking'!
i can't figure out how to do that!
tara

Becky said...

I'm so impressed you braved the cold. Your cold isn't like our cold. Thanks for the info about the stars and planets. I just assumed the dots in my photo were stars, never thought about planets. Venus is the only one I ever recognize--I think. :-)

Janae and Travis said...

Nice shots. Its cool to be able to get planets in the frame as well. Nicely done.

Travis

Heather said...

This is an amazing shot.

jewels said...

I actually like the blurriness of the moon. It creates and ethreal mood, and the color is amazing! I can't decide if I like the first one or the last one better!

Cheers,
jewels

Ann said...

And to think all I was doing was sleeping. LOL thanks for the photos they are cool.

Linda said...

Are you freaking kidding me? These are soooooo cool. I love love love the last post.

April said...

holy crap that is cool!! i wish i could have gotten a shot of the eclipse but it was so overcast here i didn't even get to see it!!

mom2three said...

These came out great! I really wish I would have gotten some myself. Very nice shots!