Great Night – SpaceX Dragon Demo-2 & A 22 Degree Halo!

As you know, I’m a bit of a space fan and watched in awe the launch of SpaceX Dragon Demo-2 this evening. For those that don’t know, this is the first manned flight to the ISS onboard the SpaceX Dragon, so a big deal for NASA to have launches back on US soil. I decided to go outside in hope to see Dragon fly over, I watched the ISS approach and 5 minutes later Dragon came flying across the sky. I wasn’t expecting it to be so bright so didn’t set a camera up. There was to be another flyby just before midnight, but haze and clouds had rolled in. I set the camera up and pointed in the direction I was expecting it to come. I just about saw the ISS as it approached and disappeared above the clouds. I triggered the camera on a timelapse to keep shooting and although I didn’t spot Dragon on the flyby, the camera did as I had increased the ISO to capture more light than I could make out.

Imagine my joy when I checked back and there was a trail! I successfully recorded a trail of SpaceX Dragon Demo-2, a little bit of history recorded!

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Super Pink Moon – High In The Sky

A little earlier I photographed the Super Pink Moon rising (Read more…) and I normally don’t shoot a full moon directly without any other context, but it is so clear tonight and I already had the camera ready, so why not!

Super Pink Moon – April 7, 2020 – São Marcos da Serra
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Super Pink Moon

I bet some of you were getting excited about a bright pink moon in the sky tonight, but its name doesn’t mean it will be pink. It refers to the time of year coinciding with the spring bloom of flowers. However, the setting sun did cast a slight colour cast over the whole sky.

Due to the Covid-19 restrictions, I decided to snap a shot from the garden and lined up for a distant ridge with the 500mm f/4 attached.

There was a lot of cloud in the sky but I was lucky to see it pop out from behind cover which actually had a small amount of sunset colour still reflecting off. Not the most exciting moon shot I’ve taken, but still great to see it rising above the ridges here in the Algarve hills.


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Penumbral Lunar Eclipse (Wolf Moon) – 10th January 2020

Tonight’s full moon, known as the Wolf Moon in January was also a Penumbral Eclipse. A Penumbral Eclipse is when the Earth blocks the sunlight reaching the moon’s surface, but in this instance, only a small section of the Earth’s outer shadow (known as the Penumbra) covers the moon.

If you look closely, using the moon as a clock face you will notice a darker shadow at between 4 and 5 o’clock.


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Crescent Sunset

Yet another fantastic sunset tonight with the sky lit up in spectacular fashion. I was sitting drinking a Sagres (Portuguese beer) and just couldn’t resist grabbing the camera with 500mm lens to take a shot of a nearby ridge silhouetted by the glowing sky. The Crescent Moon was low in the sky as it was setting soon after sunset.

To assist with exposing the Moon correctly, I used exposure bracketing and merged 2 of the shots together.

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Crescent Sunset
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Happy 50th Anniversary Of The First Moon Landing!

Yes, I know this post is actually now the day after, but I did take the shot just before 11:57pm so it counts!

I wasn’t born at the time, but I can only imagine the excitement of watching it live on TV 50 years ago. The moon fascinates me due to the fact that I can see it, but I know I’ll never get to go there.

It seemed only right that I took a shot on this important day.

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Happy 50th Anniversary Of The First Moon Landing NASA!
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