The Moon

October 2005 to May 2007, 27 Images.

Image 1/27: Moon Crescent

Image 2/27: Moon Sickle and Fishing Boat

Image 3/27: Lunar Eclipse 2007

Moon entering penumbra (half shadow) of the earth. The penumbra is the zone in the earth's shadow where only a part of the sun's disk is visible. The darkness is gradually increasing to the center of the shadow where the whole sun disk is behind the earth. — Nikon D200, William Optics ZenithStar 105mm f/7, ISO 100, 1/60s, Ascona, 4 March 2007, 23:18 MEZ — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, ISO 100, Friday, March 3, 2006 22:23:24

Image 4/27: Lunar Eclipse 2007

Moon entering umbra (core shadow) of the earth. The term "core shadow" means that in this part the whole Sun is behind the earth, so there is no direct sunlight. — Nikon D200, William Optics ZenithStar 105mm f/7, ISO 100, 1/60s, Ascona, 4 March 2007, 23:18 MEZ — Nikon D200, 1/60 s, ISO 100, Friday, March 3, 2006 23:18:31

Image 5/27: Lunar Eclipse 2007

The Earth casts its shadow on the moon. On this picture the moon's part which is exposed to the sunlight is overexposured to show the different colours of the core shadow. The colours range from brown, red to blue and are caused by diffraction in the Earth's atmosphere. — Nikon D200, William Optics ZenithStar 105mm f/7, ISO 800, 1/2s, Ascona, 4 March 2007, 23:29 MEZ — Nikon D200, 1/2 s, ISO 800, Friday, March 3, 2006 23:29:11

Image 6/27: Lunar Eclipse 2007

Totality of the lunar eclipse of 3/4 March 2007. One can see the different colours ranging from red, yellow and blue. The different colours are caused by the earth's atmosphere that looks like a glowing ring when seen from the moon during the eclipse - like a dusk. Unfortunately this picture is an unsharp combination of 4 pictures with high ISO number because I didn't have a motorized mount and therefore one couldn't make longer exposures than 1/2 second. Noise reduction with Neat Image plugin — Nikon D200, William Optics ZenithStar 105mm f/7, ISO 1600x2, 1/2s, Ascona, 4 March 2007, 00:27 MEZ — Nikon D200, 1/2 s, ISO 3200, Saturday, March 4, 2006 00:27:32

Image 7/27: Moon, 9.39 days old

The Moon 9.39 days after new moon. Just a test picture with my new Vixen Great Polaris GP D2 mount with FS2 drive unit. — Nikon D200, William Optics ZenithStar 105mm f/7, 2x Teleconverter, 27 March 2007 — Nikon D200, 1/20 s, ISO 100, Monday, March 27, 2006 20:09:56

Image 8/27: Full moon rising

The full moon is rising behind trees. It's dusk and the sky is still bright enough to appear blue on a picture. — Nikon D200, William Optics Zenitstar Triplet APO, d=105mm, f=735mm, ISO 400, 1/100s, Scheidegg Wald/ZH, 10 June 2006 — Nikon D200, 1/100 s, F/7.1, 800 mm, ISO 400, Saturday, June 10, 2006 21:27:34

Image 9/27: Rising moon

Rise of the moon behind the Swiss Alps, one day after full moon. The sky is already too dark to appear blue on a picture where the Moon isn't overexposed. Best time is on the same day or the day before full moon. — Nikon D200, William Optics Zenitstar Triplet APO, d=105mm, f=735mm, 1/15s, ISO 800, Weissabgleich Sonnenlicht, Scheidegg, 14. Mai 2006

Image 10/27: Airplane crossing Moon

An airplane crossing the full moon ... Sorry, this is a hoax. I copied an airplane across the moon. At least the two pictures were taken on the same evening and have the same scale. Taking a picture like this in real requires much luck and patience. — Nikon D200, William Optics ZenithStar 105mm f/7, composite (Moon 1/100s, airplane 1/250s), Scheidegg at Wald/ZH, 10 June 2006

Image 11/27: Full moon rising

The almost full moon rising behind the Swiss Alps. It was a day before full moon and the sun was still up, which made the moon look pale. I streched contrast a bit. Best time to take a picture of the rising moon is in dusk or dawn when the sun is already below the horizon but the sky is still bright enough to appear in color on the picture. — Nikon D200, William Optics Zenitstar Triplet APO, d=105mm, f=735mm, ISO 200, 1/100s. Scheidegg at Wald/ZH, 10. June 2006

Image 12/27: Balloon crossing moon

Surreptitious advertising ... okay, this picture is a fake. The ballon passed the Moon in a distance of about 1-2 degrees. But the size and brightness are correct. — Nikon D200, William Optics ZenithStar 105mm f/7, ISO 200, 1/500s, Rapperswil, 18 June 2006

Image 13/27: Waning half moon

The waning moon one day after half moon, shot in the dawn. The darker the sky the more contrast one has on the moon's surface. But in summer one has to get up damn early for this ;-) I used the Photoshop Neat Image plugin to reduce noise and an unsharp mask before scaling the picture — Nikon D200, William Optics ZenithStar 105mm f/7, 2x Nikon Telekonverter, ISO 400, 1/30s, Rapperswil, 19 June 2006 05:25 MESZ

Image 14/27: Lunar Eclipse 2007

Interval picture of the lunar eclipse with palm trees in Ascona. The moon is crossing the Earth's shadow. The interval duration is 8 minutes. The lights in the park are illuminating the palm trees with a yellow light. I had to mask the palms on moth of the pictures - otherwise they would be burned out in yellow colour. No light pollution would be better. Then one can flash the palms on one picture and get natural colours. — Nikon D200, AF-S Nikkor 17-35mm, 6s @ f/4, ISO 100, Ascona, 3./4. March 2007 — Nikon D200, 6 s, F/4.0, 17 mm, ISO 100, Sunday, March 4, 2007 00:14:06

Image 15/27: Moon crater

Craters on the Moon. I don't know all their names. Picture was take somewhen in the 90's and sharpened with Neat Image. I don't remember which telescope I used then: 90mm Schiefspiegler or 300mm Newtonian?

Image 16/27: Mare humorum, Tycho

Moon region with crater Tycho and Mare Humorum. Shot somewhere in the 90's

Image 17/27: Saturn occultation

The Moon is covering Saturn. One can see very well the differences in the brightnesses. The Moon is overexposed while Saturn is underexposed. Not very sharp picture. Probably an 30cm f/4 Newtonian with eyepiece projection is not the right instrument for this kind of picture. I used the "hat trick" to reduce vibrations of the shutter. — Minolta SRT-101, d=300m f=1200mm Newtonian, Güntisberg (Wald/ZH), 3 November 2001

Image 18/27: Moon and Hot Air Balloon

Journey to the Moon of a hot air balloon in summer 1991. I followed the balloon by bike to get it closer to the Moon but it was too fast. Scanned from an old scratched negative strip. 210mm zoom lens, Fotolabo Club 200

Image 19/27: Moon

Moon three days after full phase. Shot with Nikon Coolpix 990 handheld on the eyepiece of a d=300 f/4 Newtonian telescope. 3th November 2001

Image 20/27: Full Moon Rising

Moon rising behind the woods of Bachtel. Shot through a d=90mm f=1000mm refracting telescope. September 1991, Kodak Ektar 125.

Image 21/27: Moon crescent

The small crescent of the moon, 2.27 days after new moon. — William Optics Zenitstar d=105mm, f=735mm, Vixen GP-D2 mount with FS2 drive, 2x teleconverter, Nikon D200, ISO 100, 1/4s, Ahornalp, 18 May 2007 — Nikon D200, 1/4 s, F/7.1, 800 mm, ISO 100, Friday, May 18, 2007 20:37:33

Image 22/27: Dark side of the moon

The dark side of the moon is lightened up by the bright earth on a black starry sky. This phenomenon is called "earth shine" — William Optics Zenitstar d=105mm, f=735mm, Vixen GP-D2 mount with FS2 drive, 2x teleconverter, Nikon D200, ISO 400, 8s, RAW +1LW, Ahornalp, 18 May 2007 — Nikon D200, 8 s, F/7.1, 800 mm, ISO 400, Friday, May 18, 2007 21:13:57

Image 23/27: Moon sickle

The small crescent of the moon, 2.27 days after new moon. — William Optics Zenitstar d=105mm, f=735mm, Vixen GP-D2 mount with FS2 drive, 2x teleconverter, Nikon D200, ISO 100, 1/8s, Ahornalp, 19 May 2007 — Nikon D200, 1/8 s, F/7.1, 800 mm, ISO 100, Saturday, May 19, 2007 21:16:50

Image 24/27: Saturn Occultation

Nikon D200, 1/10 s, F/7.1, 800 mm, ISO 100, Tuesday, May 22, 2007 20:23:06

Image 25/27: Moon Craters

Nikon D200, 1/60 s, F/7.1, 800 mm, ISO 400, Tuesday, May 22, 2007 21:03:35

Image 26/27: Moon Craters

Nikon D200, 1/60 s, F/7.1, 800 mm, ISO 400, Tuesday, May 22, 2007 21:04:09

Image 27/27: Saturn occultation

The end of the Saturn occultation by the Moon. The pictures from the beginning were too bad because the objective lens was decollimated. I had to collimate it during the eclipse. If the rear lens pair is just 1mm out of center then the picture is very unsharp and has color seams. — Nikon D200, William Optics Zenitstar d=105mm f=735mm, 2x Teleconverter, ISO 200, 1/13s, Falera observatory, 22 May 2007 — Nikon D200, 1/13 s, F/7.1, 800 mm, ISO 200, Tuesday, May 22, 2007 21:34:48