Harvest Moon

A Harvest Moon, in the Northern Hemisphere, occurs when the full moon happens closest to the autumn equinox.  In 2020, the Northern Hemisphere autumn equinox came on September 22.  The first of two October 2020 full moons will fall on October 1st  or 2nd.   The second of October’s Full Moon, the Blue Moon, will happen at the end of the month on the 31st of … Continue reading Harvest Moon

2020 Autumnal Equinox

September 22 was the 2020 Autumnal Equinox.  I was hoping for clearer skies at the shore to capture the sunrise, but Hurricane Teddy was in the Atlantic heading for Nova Scotia.  It brought high surf, coastal flooding, small-craft,  and a gale warning for mariners along the North Carolina coastline.  The second reason for watching the sunrise was because they said that the sunrise and sunset … Continue reading 2020 Autumnal Equinox

Sunrise at Fort Macon, Atlantic Beach, NC on 1st of September

The Full Moon in September peak after midnight on Wednesday morning, Sept. 2, 2020. The Moon will appear full from Monday evening through Thursday morning. The Moon was setting on Tuesday ( 1 Sep 2020) at 05:53 over the Atlantic Beach Fishing Pier.  I took the chance and drove to the coast to capture the event.  On Tuesday morning, the Moon phase was 99.5% Waxing … Continue reading Sunrise at Fort Macon, Atlantic Beach, NC on 1st of September

Disappointed with the Perseids Meteor Shower

The forecast looked okay for viewing the peak of the Perseids Meteor Shower on August 12 & 13.  I did my research using PhotoPills and SkySafari Plus to plan my photoshoot.  I planned on using my Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 lens, with the Nikon D7500 camera.  I had two places planned for the event, on the 12th of August (Wednesday) drive to Pamlico County and look … Continue reading Disappointed with the Perseids Meteor Shower

Cape Lookout National Seashore

On July 17, the Astronomy Club in Morehead City, NC. (Crystal Coast Stargazers Club) had an outing on Great Island (a barrier island part of the Cape Lookout National Seashore).  I went with two other guys to Davis, NC. to catch the ferry boat across to the Great Island.  We had a cabin for the evening.  Unfortunately, no one brought a portal generator, so we … Continue reading Cape Lookout National Seashore

Sunrise at Harkers Island

I was hoping to capture the comet Swan in the very early dawn (comet C/2020 F8). This comet was only recently discovered at the end of March and it has been putting on an incredible show for people in the southern hemisphere. For us, in the northern hemisphere it is visible in the southeast, just above the horizon for only about an hour or so … Continue reading Sunrise at Harkers Island

Easter Weekend

It doesn’t feel like Easter weekend with the “Stay at Home” in effect.  I am used to celebrating the Sacred Triduum and the Mystery of Faith. Personally, watching Mass online or on the television isn’t the same.  On Friday (Good Friday), the weather forecast was calling for winds out of the northwest, which brings cool crisp air to the south, a perfect time to practice … Continue reading Easter Weekend

Cape Lookout Lighthouse

I am a member of the Crystal Coast Star Gazers .  The Crystal Coast Star Gazers club is working with the National Park office for the  Cape Lookout National Seashore  to designate Cape Lookout as a dark sky site.  I had the opportunity to camp over night at the Cape Lookout National Seashore to view the Milky Way in the morning sky. So when is … Continue reading Cape Lookout Lighthouse

Last sunrise of the decade

  On Tuesday 31 of December 2019, I went to Fort Macon on Bogus Banks (near Atlantic Beach, NC) to watch the last sunrise of the decade. I used the Nikon D7100 Camera with Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 55-300mm |4.5-5.6 G E D zoom lens. The following are photography of the sunrise in Beaufort Inlet with Cape Lookout in the background. For New Year Eve … Continue reading Last sunrise of the decade

Fort Macon

Fort Macon State Park is a North Carolina State Park in Carteret County, North Carolina, U.S.A. It is located on Bogue Banks near Atlantic Beach.  The State Park was  opened in 1936.  Fort Macon State Park has multiple personalities as the site of a perfectly restored Civil War-era fort, a museum-quality coastal education center and an unspoiled shoreline for swimming, surf fishing and beachcombing. On … Continue reading Fort Macon

Beaver Moon and the Transit of Mercury

The Full Moon in November is called the Beaver Moon, because of the Old Farmer’s Almanac state that is when the eponymous animals become active to prepare for winter. What is eponymous?  Eponym refers to a name being the source of terms for other things; such as, nations, tribes, places, animals, social nomenclature. For the sunrise pictures, I used my Nikon D7100 with the Nikon … Continue reading Beaver Moon and the Transit of Mercury