Astronomy Night Hammocks Beach State Park and More

The Astronomy Club (Crystal Coast Stargazers) had an event at Hammocks Beach State Park on the 7th of March. Even though I don’t have a telescope, I attended the event with with my neighbor and took pictures.  On the 7th, the Moon was in Waxing Gibbous phase at 93% full.  The club set up telescopes so viewers can look at the Moon and constellations.  Because the Moon was at 93% full, it was difficult to see constellations and nebulas.  The Super Moon in March (called the Worm Moon) occurs on the 9th of March.  The moon is in  the constellation Leo this time of year.  So why is it called the “Worm Moon”?  Because it’s the time of year when earth worms tend to emerge from the ground as it begins to thaw from the departing cold of winter (okay that grossed me out).

I used my Nikon D7500 camera with the  Tamron 17-35mm f/2.8-4 lens, and Nikon DX AF-S NIkkor 55-300mm | 4.5-5.6 G ED VR lens for the event at Hammock Beach State Beach.

For the Moon shoots, I used the Nikon 300mm zoom lens.  I brought the ISO down to 62 for the pictures.

For the astrophotography shoot at Hammocks Beach State Park, I switched to the Tamron 17-35mm lens.

Taken at 19:32 on 7 March
Shutter Speed: 15.0 seconds
Aperture: f/2.8
ISO: 250
Focal Length: 17mm
Nikon D7500 – Tamron 17-35mm F/2.8-4 Di OSD

Sunday evening turned out to be nice day, so I took the puppy to Atlantic Beach and watch the sunset.

Taken at 18:44 on 8 March
Shutter Speed: 1/400
Aperture: f/9
ISO: 50
Focal Length: 25mm
Nikon D7500 – Tamron 17-35mm F/2.8-4 Di OSD

I was hoping to capture the Moon rise on March 9th, but it got cloudy in the evening, which would not be so bad, except there were smoke in the sky due to forest fire nearby. But I was able to capture the moon setting in New Bern on Monday morning (March 9th).


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