Stunning snapshot of the moon


34 Responses to “Stunning snapshot of the moon”

  1. Daen de Leon says:

    That is a lovely photo.

  2. bcsizemo says:

    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.

    • travtastic says:

      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.

  3. lknope says:

    Makes me wonder where we’d put the Moon base.

  4. Chicago_SC says:

    All I see is the back of Newt’s head; where’s the moon?

  5. Sergio says:

    I did this with my iPhone as well. they came out pretty well! horay for telescopes!

  6. Songsak Klawnarong says:

    Nice pic!!!+

  7. Shibi_SF says:

    OH MY.  It IS blue cheese!!!!

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

  8. David Yoon says:

    We live in a nifty, nifty time. 

  9. Zadaz says:

    …. 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.  

    • Nick Harmer says:

      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. 

    • dculberson says:

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

  10. markz says:

    A good friend of mine does this too, and is quite enthusiastic about it — he built an observatory with a retractable roof in his backyard to permanently house his camera and telescope.  His photos are totally stunning, and it’s amazing that he can do this stuff from the middle of the city.

  11. DocPop says:

    Though it’s certainly not as clear, I thought you guys might like to see a snapshot I took of the moon using my iPhone 4 and a telescope
    I also did a series of “appsperiments” using this shot and combinations of different iOS apps.

  12. Snig says:


  13. art666 says:

    cool. last night I wait till 4 a.m. for full moon but it was too cloudy. without  telescope only with 200mm lens it looks like this

  14. Orpheus84 says:

    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!


  15. Christopher says:

    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.

  16. g0dai says:

    Here is one I snapped on the fly, on my first opportunity to see Saturn through my cheapo Meade on an early morning:

    It’s not very good by any means, but it was enough to get me to start investigating ways I can rig up a better system.

  17. 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! 

  18. Point-and-shoot, indeed. The Canon S95 rocks.

  19. dogden says:

    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.

  20. awesome foto. I like how all the craters are seen. Would love to go on the moon and take a closer photo :D

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