International Observe the Moon Day

September 26 was the International Observe the Moon Day.  I did my part to observe the Moon in the Southeast sky. The Crystal Coast Stargazers Club setup telescopes at Harkers Island Visitor Center and at the YMCA in New Bern.  Unfortunately, the weather conditions wasn’t the best.  At Harkers Island, the Moon was only visible until 10 PM., then clouds moved in.  And in New … Continue reading International Observe the Moon Day

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

More Practicing with Aperture Priority Mode

The more I read about Aperture Priority Mode, the more I am curious of the result.  You might ask, like my wife, why I take so many pictures of sunset at the beach or at the waterfront.  Simply, there isn’t any thing more interesting where I live. Again, I played around the Aperture Priority Mode and setting a higher aperture for a sun burst effect … Continue reading More Practicing with Aperture Priority Mode

January 4th and 5th the Earth closest to the Sun

On January 4th and 5th, the Earth was the closest to the Sun.  How close?  The  Earth was roughly 3 million miles closer (or 5 million km) to the Sun than it is in early July. I used the Nikon D7100 Camera with Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 50mm |1.8 G lens and the iPhone 7plus camera. January 4th: All the photographs were taken in Bridgeton … Continue reading January 4th and 5th the Earth closest to the Sun