Saturday is the night of the “supermoon” – a full moon when it is closest to earth. Has not happened for 18 years. (Thanks to Sean for the clarification!) I don’t know if we will have clear skies on Saturday so I decided to get a shot of the almost-supermoon tonight. This was done with my Nikon D7000 camera, a tripod, and an 18-200mm zoom lens. Settings were ISO 100, f/5.6, 1/125 second exposure.
Posted by Mike on March 17, 2011
Posted in: Astro Photography, Astronomy, Night Photography, Space. Tagged: 18-200mm, Astronomy, camera, D7000, digital camera, DSLR, moon, night photography, night sky, Nikon, photograph, Photography, settings, super moon, supermoon. 228 Comments
Very nice. What was the zoom on your lens?
Thanks. I was using the Nikon 18-200mm lens and I was zoomed in to 200mm for the shot.
oh Im gonna upload my moon pics soon too. i was jus thinkin abt such a post n vviola…
Very cool! I love the detail you got on the moon too. My mother was telling me about this and I was wondering if it has just gone close to earth, far away, every single 19 years. That seems like a lot of times!
Oddly enough, my boyfriend pointed out last week that the moon seemed bigger than usual, but we didn’t know about the Supermoon! Amazing!
Incredible! I’m praying for a cloudless Supermoon Saturday…should be spectacular.
I just read these comments and ran outside and photographed the moon. My camera, sadly, is not fancy nor w/telephoto, but where I live, the sky was chrystal clear! Hope you got your view where you live tonight, Mikalee!
very nice !
Wow, that is one shiny moon.
Thanks for the notice. I look forward to the clear sky in NY for a viewing.
I didn’t know this. Would love to see it. Don’t have a zoom lens, but do have a digital and a minolta film camera. Thanks for the info and cool pic.
I had no idea 🙂
The weather’s turning nice, i’ve been in the mood for a good bottle of red, and a nice dinner to pair it with — can this all spell an awesome picnic with my girlfriend if the cloud-cover’s absent? Let’s hope so!
hi,very beautifulle Moon.
Its Gods creation.
Awesome shot. I recently bought a Nikon D90. I will be following you to hopefully learn some tips, you a great photographer.
Congrats on being Freshly Pressed, Mike! 🙂
Thanks everybody, it’s great to make it to Freshly Pressed, and welcome to my site if you haven’t been here before.
Stunning. Absolutely stunning! Congrats on being freshly pressed!
Supermoon! STUNNING! I am going to be on the lookout on Sunday… here’s hoping for a clear weekend in the UK…
Nice shot Mike and, congratzzz on the freshly pressed!
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Supermoon!!!! Amazing! We took a picture of the moon last month, not as good as yours, but not too bad!
Nice shot Mike. Yeah!!! You made the front page! 😀
Cool shot! Congrats on FP.
That is beautiful. I wish I hadn’t lost my good camera. What do you think of the recent natural disasters in relation to the supermoon? Related or not?
Thanks for the notice, I will be camping on Saturday and now I have a fun fact to share. Knowledge is power! Enjoy your day.
I’ve only just seen a couple of posts pointing out this “supermoon” event that’s coming up – thanks for the head’s up. I only hope that I can see it through the dust in Bamako! I like the fact that you’re trying to pre-empt the possibility of not seeing it.. Nice photo indeed. I also like that you’ve included your settings for us budding photo-enthusiasts. I’m going to see what I can come up with over the weekend. Thanks again!
Beautiful. Let’s hope for clear skies!! Congrats on Freshly Pressed.
Love it! Reminds me of the huge moon in movie “Moonstruck” Spectacular!
Wow. This is incredibly beautiful! Cross your fingers for clear skies tomorrow!!
very nice photo. i hope to see it this saturday. nice post
Like your picture very much. Put it on my desktop now, it’s very sober 🙂
Was just logging onto WordPress and who do I see on the front page? Congratulations on being Freshly Pressed!
Very nice photo!
I echo that sentiment. Quite the awe-inspiring photo. Beautiful.
thanks! super rainy where i am so i appreciate the beautiful view!
This is one of the most beautiful moon pictures I’ve seen, I do believe. Great job. I’m very much lookign forward to seeing our supermoon tomorrow!
really nice photo! so clear…
Amazing image. Thank you for the reminder and keep taking those incredible photos.
Very nice pic! I hope it is clear here Saturday. Congrats on being FP!
Great photo! I can’t wait to take my “almost full moon” shots tonight and hopefully (weather-permitting) my”full moon” shots Saturday night to add to my “Shoot the Moon” series. I took some cool photos of the half moon on the evening of the 12th with a large very visible ring around it. Will post at least one at my site probably today. Thanks for posting your photo! Loved it.
In 19 years on the 19 day good timing
Your photo has great detail. Looking forward to seeing this bad boy in the sky tomorrow.
wow .. it’s cool,,
I will enjoy this view,, >> i mean it. : – )
“…the moon’s closest approach to the earth in 19 years.” Not the case exactly. It’s one of the closest approaches of a FULL moon, not THE moon. The moon comes this close every month, and not close enough to appear noticeably bigger. If it appears bigger, its from a common optical illusion.
And THATS what happens when an astronomy nerd stumbles into a photography nerd’s blog!
Nice photo, man!
Thanks Sean – I updated my post and credited you with the correction.
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Nice shot Mike – Congratulations on being Freshly Pressed!
Great shot, I have the same camera and love it. Hopefully the skies will be clear tomorrow night!
A very clear shot. Well done. I don’t have the patience to wait twenty years for the next super moon opportunity, so will have a go at this tomorrow.
Great photo! Thank you!
wah seru yaa
Wow, that’s beautiful. The moon was amazing in my home town, too. Unfortunately, my camera isn’t as powerful as yours so I had to take a mental photo 🙂 Thank you for sharing.xx
Breathtaking! You did this moon justice. ~ C. Rose
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Amazing. So glad I spotted this! I shall be out tomorrow evening, but lack the lens to get a shot like this. congratulations.
Beautiful! I have a D3000 and a similar lens, I’d be tempted to take a similar shot tonight or tomorrow, but I live in the PNW and the chance of clouds is always. Thanks for sharing!
It’s worth a try. I live in the Seattle area and the clouds parted long enough for me to get that shot.
I will keep my eyes peeled! Thanks!
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I’ve always found the moon so “otherworldly” and love to gaze at the full moon…thanks for sharing this info. No wonder it looks so extra lovely! Thanks for sharing…
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Beautiful! I have a D3000 (the starter kit), with 18-55mm lens, but definitely am going to look into a more powerful lens after seeing these pictures.
Love your blog.
Great picture, makes a fantastic wallpaper for the computer.
Like the photos on your blog.
Flying tomorrow and putting super moon ill0informed catastrophe chatter from my mind.
Great Picture!!! Im waiting very excited for tomorrow night! 🙂 I will go to the park with my father to see this phenomenon!
I just came across your blog, i really like it! keep up the good work 🙂
I won’t miss this once in a lifetime event. ThaNKS you for sharing this wonderful insight. I will bring my tripod.
Great picture! It is supposed to be overcast here but, if not, I might try to use my telescope.
Is the moon closer or not? I’ve heard it really IS closer and I’ve heard that was just an optical illusion.
Rush Limbaugh says it really is closer. What do you think?
The moon will be at the closest point in its orbit, which happens about once every 28 days. It’s called the supermoon because of the combination of it being at the closest point and also a full moon.
it’s a nice picture men, i would want to have that type of camera you use to shoot that one. also, thanks for this information, i appreciate it.
Gorgeous moon and beautiful WP site. Perfect background
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I LOVE this.
Oh I did not know that can not wait to see it on Saturday thanks for letting us know..
Beautiful! You captured it perfectly.
Cool! I’m hedging my bets and waiting for tomorrow.
I will see the US flag on that.
Beautiful.. shooot we’re schedule for rain for the next 3 days here.
Woow…Cool, Realy like This 🙂
Yea..supermoon. It’s a clear night hear in so. cal. and it looks so beautiful. Please no earthquakes because of this is all I have to say.
If it rains as it suppose to we in southern California wont see it … bummer
OK. Now I know all the super crazies will come in to work tomorrow. It’s not enough they come in on a regular full moon….but a super moon? That’s it….I just may actually say what’s on my mind and blame it on the super moon.
LOVE! I just looked outside and saw this, hope the sky is clear tomorrow 🙂
There’s nothing odd about the full moon in Mar. 2011. It is (very nearly) at perigee, and hence somewhat closer than usual. There is at least one such full moon, near the perigee, every year, though this one is slightly closer than in “off” years. The few hundred km difference between this perigee full moon and the one in 2010 isn’t dramatic.
Very nice photo. I hope the skies are clear enough for me to see the moon tomorrow night.
beautiful pic! you can see so much detail on the moon…
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Thanks for reminding me. ABC Radio said the best time was sunrise or sunset on Sunday to see the moon.
This is great! My friend told me about this and to get my camera ready. I hope I can get a good shot. At least I’m going to try.
Nice pic. Thanks for the preview sneek-peek!
gd picture, i like it 😀
I’m in love with the moon. She is lovely. Thanks for posting this!
great post, i will see tonight
Excellent shot. I am hoping that tonight will be clear. Would love to get a look at the moon tonight.
Thanks for the photograph.
lets hopi it will be a clear night so we can enjoy it
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Hi, The moon has been beautiful for the last couple of days and quite low on the horizon and as I don’t read the papers now I know the reason why.
Beautiful. Thank you. This is so much better than the pinhole dot that I captured with my 5-yr old cell phone. It’s cool to know that I got to see a cool supermoon event, too, especially from the Pacific NW. As it declined, the foggy, ice crystal halo was huge and colorful as well.
very nice, good!!!
Great photo, did you manage to get one Saturday too?
I had seen a lot of werewolfs this days, didn’t know it was supermoon time 😛
Forecast is looking pretty good here in the Seattle area so I will try to get another shot tonight.
My artistic impression – http://isylumn.wordpress.com/2011/03/19/illusion-and-the-pedigree-moon/
really super!!!!!! what camera did you use? I now have my blog at inkfeeds.com, same as wordpress but without ads and wonderful premium themes!!
I use a Nikon D7000 camera.
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Great photo! Nice one!
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Great Pic… I’ll be watching the skies tonight.
Congrats for being Freshly Pressed.
Hermosa (beautiful) your Luna photo. I love it.
Super moon? No wonder my dogs were acting out.
Do you know what time??
I dig news like this… 600 mm lens, camera on standard, 1/350 or 1/500 sec & go…!
Excelente ver nuestra amada luna más cerca de lo común; nuestro planeta y el universo son un regalo de Dios, disfrútemelo pero sin contaminación ni basura fuera los contaminadores y destructores de la naturaleza que vivan por siempre los que amamos la naturaleza Divina.
i love this image thanks good
wow, I am soon on my rooftop to see if I could with my naked eyes!
great photo!!! well done. we have a fabulous clear sky and the moon is just coming up over the horizon. I am hoping to get a photo but only have a wee Olympus digital so not sure how great it will look. but hey, you have a terrific photo for your collection 🙂
well done on getting freshly-pressed
Thanks for that beautiful view!
Here is the 21st SuperMoon list from the astrologer Richard Nolle who created the term back in 1979. Today’s (March 19, 2011) SuperMoon is simply an EXTREME SuperMoon; the last one being January 30, 2010. There have been a total of THREE SuperMoons since the one on March 8, 1993.
BTW, I like your picture of the moon.
Wow, great photo! That camera sure is good! 🙂 I knew the moon was going to be close to Earth but knew nothing about the Supermoon. You’re a good photographer!!! 🙂
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Doh! After reading this earlier, I was determined not to miss it. It peaked exactly 3 hours ago here in London, but I was so busy that I forgot. Did any of you see it at its closest to your part of the world?
brill shot! 🙂 I will be adding some of my own yet the clarity of yours is beautiful
Very Beautiful. Well done! I’ve got a Nikon D5000 and trying to learn more, that’s how I ended up here. I’ve heard the Supermoon comes every 19th year. I have a lot to learn ’til the next time then haha.
This is amazing!
I’ve always wondered if anyone on Earth has ever taken a photo of the Apollo landing sites, with an extreme telephoto lens?
Does anyone know if it’s even possible to do that?
You couldn’t see any detail of the moon landing sites with a telephoto lens. You would need a very big telescope to see something that small on the moon.
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i’m forever trying to get a great shot if the moon, never happens. i mean i’m using a simple digital kodak camera, which i totally love. yet a nikon makes my heart pound rapidly. great pic – great cam.
Great photo. It was awesome from our bedroom window at 6am this morning, too.
Here’s what Yahoo news say about it….
I should go take a picture of the moon now. That is a very beautiful picture.
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Call me crazy, but I’ve looked at the moon several times tonight, and it isn’t very different than normal. Was it supposed to be like that for just one second or something? haha! But seriously . . . what am I missing?
thanks for the shot. We are feeling a bit like Noah, as it has been raining consistently all day, so no SuperMoon for us :-(.
my roommate just told about the supermoon but I ignored it. It was a mistake for me to ignore this one. 😦 I did regret much for not seeing this supermoon… ;(
cool supermoon shot! love it
awesome photo! gret shot
what a genial shot! wonderful!
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Nice timely post for the astronomer in us!!…as I grilled up a fire for loin lamb chops this evening, the big “man-in-the” rose over me left shoulder behind the still naked trees in me back yard…It was reminiscent of the great Hunter’s moon in late October, I thought, viewing it thru whispy horizontal clouds. How do you get Freshly Pressed? Do what you do!
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We saw the supermoon last night without a cloud in the sky walking to our car in a parking lot. Of course, I don’t think I’ve heard of a supermoon and so when I pointed out the full moon to my son, a guy walking into the store let us know that it was a SUPERMOON! So that’s 14% closer, or something to that effect? We appreciated that sight even more~
I missed a good view of the supermoon but now I get to see it. Thanks much!
really the moon was too pretty yesterday…..
could there be a connection to the earthquake? I mean, the moon’s gravity has some kind of influence on the earth anyway, right? it’s beautiful anyway 🙂
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Wish i had a tripod to do that…nice shot!!!
I live in so cal, and of all the nights that had to be cloudy, it had to be *that* night. Lame on so many levels. Well, I’m young (relatively speaking). I can wait another 2 decades 😉
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Awesome shot! Faved it on flickr 🙂 Greetz 😉
Nice shot!!! I could hear it singing to me all night Friday and Saturday through my window. Comgrats on Freshly Pressed!!! Thansk for sharing…I love technology!
Amazing detail, super moon for the win!
This was indeed a beautiful moon. The children and I watched it rise early on in the evening. I was lucky enough to have slept beneath its silvery glow as it shown thru the bay window over my bed. I feel renewed this morning – almost magickal!
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can you take those sort of pictures on a bridge camera not a full DSLR?
I think it is possible to get shots like this from a bridge camera – but as with all types of cameras some brands / models are much better than others, even if the features of the camera (resolution, zoom capability, etc.) are the same.
What a beautiful photo. Thank you!
Beautiful. The moon is truly magical. I love looking at it on clear nights. Moon baths are truly epic. It makes me remember how amazing our universe is. The moon with its rabbit of craters has surely predicted a good spring.
A beautiful clear sky in Portugal and a super, super, amazing moon !!! 🙂
Nice pic – from where I was, last night the moon sadly looked no bigger or brighter than it usually does 😦
This is beautiful…I love it. I feel a little peaceful looking at it. Thank you.
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Magical Moon. I was also looking to try to get to a shot of the moon here in Norway where I live. Tripod and manual settings were required.
Do you think the moon has an effect on human behavior? I think so. What are your thoughts on this? Thanks for reading.
The moon looks amazing, back here the moon looks huge and a bit yellow for some odd reason. But great photography skills dude.
thanks for this shot, and the ‘how i did it’ as well. it helped me, and i got some nice shots myself.
Nice picture. Last night the moon was only around 1 degree measured by hand, but it was incredibly bright
Thats an awesome picture when is the moon going to be that close to the earth again?
The moon gets that close every month – the special thing was it being at its closest point and being a full moon at the same time.
Oh ok I see I would love to see the moon through a telescope I bet it looks amazing.
Saw it over the ocean – amazing!
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Nice pic. I saw the moon on the 19th but did not take a pic because I thought there was no difference in size. I will have to look closer next time.
Looks very nice. From where I was, I couldn’t really see it. The picture is great, though.
I was camping when i saw the moon, the sky couldn’t have been clearer! It wasn’t very large when it first rose (It was going very fast), but i got up in at 2:00 and it was huge overhead! Great shot By the way, wish i had that good of a camera!
Wow! That’s such a great picture! So pretty.
Yes, it was a perigee moon, meaning the moon was closest to the earth (about 50,000 miles closer, actually!) and will not happen again until 2029. Love your picture, my camera didn’t do it justice.
this is monumental!
Wow great picture!
lovely, i thought something unusual would happen on sat night but it was negative nothing happen just the moon shines so brightly that night urgh……
I had my dslr on my 1200mm telescope before dark waiting for the “supermoon”. I was unscrewing the mount to add an extension tube and the lens release button diddn’t pop out right when I put the telescope adapter on so my camera fell off and broke. Did you know a dslr can leak oil? Anyway, some kind of clear viscous fluid is leaking out.
The moon was the best I’ve seen through the telescope, more due to the sky being extra clear than the “supermoon”, and there I was with a 1200mm telescope and a dead camera leaking fluid. But I’m glad someone got some good photos.
Tau Zero is a good name, very fast.
Ack! Very sorry to hear about your camera. One of my plans for the summer is to find a second-hand telescope and camera adapter and see what I can do with it.
I would recommend it, shots at link were taken with a used telescope that was maybe 300$ new and a 20 dollar adapter. Cheap for a 1230mm lens.
The first one would have been alot better if I had let the scope cool to ambient. I didn’t know how much that mattered when it’s 5 degrees out back then.
It was really hazy when I took the eclipse photos. But these aren’t blown up, just cropped square. On a good night you can really get alot of detail out of the moon with a cheap telescope.
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Amazing picture. Did you actually took a photo on Saturday? I would love to see it 🙂
Thanks – I did take another picture when the clouds cleared around 2am on Sunday. See the post “Supermoon (full)”.
this is so nice! love it
thx for sharing this .. i love tat pic and it wil be on my desktop.. 😀 kudos for you man!
I am always grateful for pictures of special astronomy events, because I rarely see the events myself.
This is gorgeous. I too used my 18-200 mm lens but my lowly D80 did not capture the moon like your camera did. I love it. 🙂
The Supermoon is beautiful moon for me
Wow, nice shot! I’m bummed I wasn’t near a camera for it.
i am realluy scare look at moon is big
Yeah, the moon was cool, now I know why.
amazing photo good one
thanks for sharing
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nice pic. 🙂
unfortunately i late to see..
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mike you r really great photographer…….
I was wondering why the moon was so large this Friday. Watching the sky weather at night or morning is one of my favorite things
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Absolutely beautiful picture. We had a clear view last night, but alas, forgot the camera at home 😦
Great picture. I was walking my dog when I looked up and saw this, could not believe how big the moon looked.
Nice capture. I went out to take some photos but none of my lenses go any further than 50mm so the prospect of getting a great shot was very low.
Awesome shot. I recently bought a Nikon D90. I will be following you to hopefully learn some tips, you a great photographer.
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