A Blue Moon with a Touch of Blue!

A Blue Moon with a Touch of Blue!

August 30th, 2023, 11:59 p.m. local time

Good fortune remained this Full Moon evening with very clear skies and August Summer temperatures unseasonably cool around Midnight, into the low 60s Fahrenheit. It was an excellent opportunity to photograph this large “Blue Moon.”

And this may be the closest to “true Full” that I have photographed. If you can see in the upper-right/towards right, there is a small line of craters at the edge, then the rest of the Moon’s ellipse is straight-on smooth. I missed true Full by probably a few hours, but I had to let the Moon clear the trees surrounding my back deck.

For a touch of flavor, I tinted the final post-processed image blue, just this time, to give relevance to its popular designation.

Equipment Used:

  • 127mm Mak-Cass telescope
  • 23mm eyepiece
  • No eyepiece filter
  • iPhone 14 Pro
  • Smartphone telescope eyepiece adapter
  • Nightcap app on iPhone
  • f/1.8
  • 1/5800 sec exposure
  • ISO 57
  • Focal length: 7mm
  • Minor touchups in PaintShop Pro and AfterShot Pro (including the tint of blue)

Thank you for taking the time to read my article.



I write frequently about astrophotography, technology advice, and my other interests like science fiction. I have over 30 years of experience in computer programming, information technology, and project management.

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