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Friday, January 17, 2014

Wondering About Rings Around Moon.

I have told you before that I always like to look at the night sky.  I always do and last night was no exception.  I showed you some pictures I took of the "Wolf Moon" in yesterday's blog.  Shunning the fear of being redundant, I took some more pictures of the moon last night.  No, it was no longer the "Wolf Moon", but there was a huge ring around it.  I will only show you one of them that I took and one that I took from the Internet to show you what the one I took was supposed to look like.  My picture failed to show the huge ring that extended way out past the tree the moon was behind.  Here is my picture:

As you can see, the ring didn't show up in the picture.  Can anyone tell me why it didn't?  I don't know a lot about photography nor about digital cameras.  I just point and shoot and hope it turns out.

This next picture is the one I took off the internet.  It shows what I saw last night and tried to photograph.


My flash went off when I took my pictures, so I wonder if that had any effect on the way the picture turned out.  I wish it had turned out because it looked really neat with the moon peeking through the tree and the huge ring way out around it.  Well, at least I tried.  Now, I hope you all have a bright and sunny day today, you hear?

14 comments:

  1. lol DD Turn that flash off. I'm on my desktop, and it's soooo slow. Taking laptop to my repair man later.

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    1. I will, next time. Good luck with the laptop.

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  2. The moon has sure been pretty here lately!

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    1. Yes it has. And so have the stars, etc. It is worthwhile looking up at night.

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  3. Isn't that ring created by the weather and atmospheric conditions? If I wonder enough about it I'll check it out on google ;-)

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    1. Yes it is. Moisture or mist or something in the higher altitudes. If not, then it is aliens messing with us. . .

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  4. Thanks, Dizzy, for all the interesting articles you come up with.
    Always something to think about or to grin at! I very much appreciate you.
    I am on the western edge of East Texas, so have almost the same
    events as you. Love our East Texas!!!
    Mary around Oakwood

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    1. I like west Texas, also. Especially the Davis Mountains. Will be certainly going back there soon.

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  5. A few years back I was trying to photograph the moon, and changed the setting to night time - I think the flash did not go off, and the shutter didn't click until I released the button. This would work best with a tripod, but I did get a decent shot of the moon anyway. I was using an old film camera, not digital, by the way. I still like film but we get so used to instant gratification and seeing our pictures immediately and I'm no exception.

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    1. I have a little tripod somewhere for my old digital camera. I will have to dig it out. I just leaned against the house to steady myself, snapped the picture, and hoped for the best.

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  6. Sadly, you hit the nail on the head. Atmospheric ice crystals, illuminated by the reflected light from the moon, retracts that light. Hit with your flash, the refracted light is overcome by the brilliance of the strobe.

    Turn off your flash, Sparky.

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    1. Yep, I know, but I thought I had the flash turned off. I don't think it made the moon any brighter (grin). Actually, it probably did add a miniscule bit of light. . .

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  7. Hey.. I like your pics!

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    1. Only the first one is mine, I borrowed the second one off the internet. I need a better set up to take good astro-pictures. I would like to take some through my big telescope. The one with the 16" mirror in it.

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