The Moon is our closest celestial neighbor. It is 400 times closer to us than the Sun. Through a strange quirk of coincidence the size of the Moon in the sky is nearly the same as the Sun. During a solar eclipse the Moon can eclipse the Sun and reveal the Sun's corona. Since the Moon orbits the Earth in a ellipse sometimes the eclipse is not so perfect and we get a ring or Annular eclipse. Not long after an eclipse takes place the opposite happens where the Earth eclipse the Moon and leaves it in a reddish shadow. By the way the next total eclipse of the Sun over the US will be on August 21, 2017. It will cut the US in half and run coast to coast!Read More
Earth is on the move. We rotate at over 1000 mph and move around the Sun at a speed of around 25000 mph. It may seem so slow to see the day and night pass over the hours, but were really moving fast.
When we photograph the night sky we have to get all of the light we can as the stars will trail if we allow the exposure to be too long. There are some "rules" for shooting the night sky that you can follow to help you reduce the number of errors photographing the night sky.Read More
There are many sites on the Internet with tips and suggestions about taking photographs at night but most of them are targeted for city lights and not star light. There is a big difference. That difference of course is the amount of light being picked up by the camera and the size of the object emitting that light.
So here are my tips and suggestions to successful night photography especially when you are standing in the dark!