[Popular STEM] Buck Moon and Lunar Eclipse Photo Challenge

Citizen Science: Post your Buck Moon photos in the comments of this post for a share of the liquid rewards. 100% of liquid rewards from this post will be distributed to the authors of comments.


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July's full moon is known as a Buck Moon because this is the time of year (in the Northern hemisphere) when young male deer get their antlers. It's also known as a Thunder Moon because of the thunder storms that are common for this time of year. This year, the Buck Moon occurs at the same time that America celebrates it's Independence Day holiday, during the night between Saturday July 4 and Sunday July 5, with maximum illumination at 12:44 am (US/Eastern time) on July 5.

Here is a video that provides some additional information about the July full moon.

This week-end's Buck Moon will also be accompanied by a partial penumbral eclipse. This means that part of the moon is passing through the faint outer edge of the Earth's shadow. Because the portion of the moon that's passing through the Earth's penumbra is very small, it will be difficult to observe, but it will begin at 11:04 pm on July 4, reach its maximum around 12:30 am, and end at 1:56 am on July 5. (All times in US/Eastern)

For this event, I will use the experimental @penny4thoughts account to distribute 100% of the liquid rewards from this post to the authors of comments that contain photos of the full moon along with a description of the photographic effort. As long as the photo can be recognized, I'm not evaluating the picture quality, but I'll be looking for descriptive text in the comment. For example, you could answer some of these questions:

- Where was the photo taken?
- Date and time?
- Was it before, during, or after the eclipse?
- What challenges were encountered (fireworks, clouds, artificial light, temperature, equipment malfunctions, etc..)?
- Type of camera?
- Amount of magnification (Zoom)?
- Where any other special camera settings or filters used?
- Was the photo edited, and how?
- Besides the moon, what else is visible in the photo?

Of course before/during/after photo sequences would also be cool!

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03.07.2020 19:01

I managed to get some photos during the time of the eclipse. I couldn't really see the effects of the eclipse, though. The moon was still extremely bright. I tried three different techniques:

I had a bit of difficulty finding a clearing where I could see the moon through the trees, and a lot of difficulty getting the camera to focus on such a bright moon. Here are three photos, one from each technique, all taken from my yard in south-eastern Pennsylvania. Right click -> view in new tab to see the full photos.

Handheld COOLPIX B500


At this point, I was unaware that the camera has a "brightness" setting that can (apparently) be used to throttle up/down the ISO setting, so this was a fully automatic setting.

Here are the settings that are reported by Google Photos: ƒ/6 1/800 102.5mm ISO1600, time: July 5 at 12:51 am (US/Eastern).

LG-G6 Android "smart phone"


After round one, I went back outside to walk the dog (a 90 pound German Shepherd Dog), and he wasn't particularly interested in standing still, so I couldn't do much but point and shoot with the cell phone. The settings were also fully automatic. Obviously, the photo is not great quality, but I think there's a pretty cool photographic effect that looks like it might be a reflection of the moon in the leaves of the trees - above the moon and to the right.

Here's what Google Photos reports: ƒ/4.5 1/10 16.1mm ISO1600, time: July 5 at 12:54 am (US/Eastern).

Tripod mounted COOLPIX B500


Finally, I was frustrated with the previous two rounds of photography, so I got out a tripod and went for round three. I also made use of two settings that turned out to be helpful (i) I set a two second timer on the shutter so that jostling the camera wouldn't cause the photo to blur while pressing the button; and (ii) I found a "brightness" setting that let me dial down the glare.

Here's what Google Photos reports for settings: ƒ/13 1/1000 160mm ISO1600, time: July 5 at 1:14 am (US/Eastern)


Even if you missed the eclipse last night, you can still get a share of this post's rewards by taking original photos of the moon and posting them along with descriptions of the circumstances in replies here during the next few days (until the post pays out).

05.07.2020 15:07