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From: Ed Popko
Date: 2016 Nov 3, 15:15 -0700
I have never taken a night time lunar. Perhaps November's super Beaver moon is the time to start.
Doing some quick references for reasonable near-ecliptic stars, Pollux and Hamal seem possible. Aldebaran is too close and Betelgeuse is perhaps too far off the ecliptic track.
I'm sure it's going to be bright and need sextant filters.
Frank will know what to do and if this moon is anything special to shoot or if its just bragging rights. My best luck with lunars, so far, has been waning last quarter through crescent. But I'm interested in trying night shots.
Sky and Telescope Magazine says...
Tour November’s Sky: Hello, Venus!
By: Kelly Beatty | October 28, 2016
"Geometrically, there's something noteworthy about the full (Beaver) Moon on the 14th. On that date at about 6 a.m. Eastern Time, the centers of the Earth and Moon will be just 221,524 miles apart. The Moon hasn’t been this close to Earth since 1976, and it won’t be this close again until 2020. the underlying reason is that the Moon’s orbit isn’t a perfect circle; it’s slightly elliptical, or oval shaped.So the Moon will be about 7% closer than average and its disk about 15% bigger in area."