Stunning snapshot of the moon

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BB pal Nick Harmer snapped this gorgeous photo of the moon last night in Seattle just by pressing his Canon S95 point-and-shoot against the eyepiece of his Orion Starblast 6 telescope! His crescent moon photo from January 26 is a beaut too.



  1. As a child I knew the moon was a big rock orbiting us, but it never really sets in until you see it through a telescope first hand.  Especially the edges where you can actually see the craters.

    1. What really blew my mind was when I was trying to keep a $7 telescope trained on the edge of the moon. I kept trying to lock everything down and fix the tripod, because I’d come back later to find out it wasn’t even showing on the eyepiece anymore.

      After a few minutes of tightening, I thought “Shit. It’s orbiting.” It was the perfect mixture of awe and stupidity.

  2. OH MY.  It IS blue cheese!!!!

    (We were clouded in and I missed seeing this in person.  Nice image!)

  3. …. And then posted it to Instagram, where decent photos get turned into awful photos by covering them with digital nostalgia.

    Dammit! This is why we haven’t been back to the moon in 39 years! This is the kind of crap we do with the worlds most advanced technology. We simply wad it up and say “meh” like a hipster full of muscle relaxants. Couldn’t actually take the effort to post the picture somewhere where it wouldn’t be mangled for increased hipness, post it someplace where it could be actually enjoyed for it’s true magnificence. 

    This is why we haven’t walked on the moon again. We simply don’t give a shit.  

    1. You are entitled to your opinions about Instagram. (I find it a blast to use.)  But maybe it will soothe your frustration some to know that there is always an option to post photos there without the use of their filters, unaltered and free of “mangling for increased hipness.” Which is how I posted this particular moon photo. 

    2. Zadaz, maybe your attitude of belittling the efforts of others has as much to do with it as any other single reason.

    1. Incredible how fast the full moon turned into a half moon. Or did you hop into your Extra-Earth-Orbit Spindizzy to go out past the Van Allen Belt for that particular shot?

  4. One time, I saw a man looking at me, yes, with his eyes. And then, he, he picked up a tube. And he looked, in the tube, and he made the moon big, inside the tube. The moon big inside a tube!


  5. I’ve tried something similar several times with my (admittedly cheap) telescope and (moderately cheap) camera. I was never pleased enough with the results to save any of them, except one which I accidentally deleted (new camera and “Hmm, what does this button do?”)

    Anyway this is a gorgeous photo and I’m glad to know I had the right idea, even if I need to get a better telescope and better camera.

    1. It’s amazing to me that in your shot, Saturn is perfectly right-side up. It’s like in Star Trek, where when there are two spaceships in the frame, they’re always right-side up — one is never, say, at a 90-degree angle to the other or upside down.

      But Saturn . . . that’s remarkable!

  6. One time, I saw a man looking at me, yes, with his eyes. And then, he, 
    he picked up a tube. And he looked, in the tube, and he made the moon 
    big, inside the tube. The moon big inside a tube! 

  7. Huh.  BoingBoing posts this on Tuesday, and xkcd introduces me to the term “chromatic aberration” a day later.  Coincidence?

    …Yes, it’s definitely a coincidence.  Still, this picture has a visible lateral chromatic aberration.  That makes it not all that great a shot.  I imagine, however, that this was an unavoidable consequence of putting a lens on another lens.

    Oh well.  Si nihil temptes, raro cades.

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