One of the advantages to living on the third floor of a building in a hilly part of San Antonio, Texas is the view! This is the view from my balcony as the 2023 Sturgeon full moon rose in the east.
It has been unbelievably hot here this year. I've never seen the temperatures this high in all my years of being in San Antonio. The amount of heat the earth belches back into the atmosphere at night, interferes with how crisp I can see the moon near the horizon... but I am pleased with how this photo turned out. It will most likely be the second to the last full moon I see rise from this apartment as we are moving in a couple weeks. 🌝
Have you taken a lunar photo recently? I would love to see it. Send me a snapshot!
When did you start observing & photographing the night sky?
It is fair to say my first "love" was the night sky and I have many wonderful family memories of taking night roadtrips outside of the city limits to see the heavens better. I started photographing the sky in 2000 when I bought my first SLR camera.
What equipment do you use to observe & photograph the night sky?
• Canon SX50 HS
• Orion 10x50 Wide-angle binoculars
• iPhone 12Pro (rare, but it happens!) 😅
What do you suggest for someone wanting to get started in astronomy or astrophotography? Having some basic understanding about celestial objects and the night sky can be super helpful before jumping right in. • For observing the night sky: I suggest reading articles and blogs about current astronomy events. There are many sites which keep calendars of what to expect months and years in advance. Join local astronomy clubs, online groups and forums, and get recommendations for tips and tricks for observing where you live.
• For astrophotography: I suggest learning about camera settings, equipment setup, and post-processing techniques to be successful. There are many videos online with tips and tricks for the best settings. Also beware, equipment can get quite pricy!
Disclaimer: The thoughts shared in this blog are solely my own and do not represent the perspectives of my professional relationships or clientele.