Night of the Supermoon and the Supermoon Challenge

  • [photo by Chuck Noble, Lebec]

    [photo by Chuck Noble, Lebec]

Supermoon Challenge

P.J. Chemaly made the subtle nightscape of Frazier Park (top) from near North End Drive, using a Nikon D300 and Samyang 28-200 mm lens.

Chuck Noble’s base for the second shot [at right] was Los Padres Estates in Lebec.

“Looks like daylight outside right now,” Noble wrote at 10:12 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 10 as he sent in his Supermoon Challenge entry. His image of the moon was surprisingly clear, showing the crater Tycho (85 kilometers across and 4.5 km deep) at the lower pole. He used a Canon EOS 7D SLR digital camera with a 100-400 mm lens on a tripod for night shots (“I shot manual mode ƒ11 @ 125 sec ISO 250,” Noble reports).

Cary Bauer and Josh Lopez sent this third entry, taken about 8:30 p.m. Sunday from the helicopter pad on Cherry Creek Trail In
Cuddy Valley. They took their photos through binoculars, using an iPhone and a Samsung Galaxy phone.

The next supermoon rises Monday, Sept. 8 at 6:58 p.m., then they’ll be gone for 2014. The ‘supermoon’ is bright and large because it is at the closest point in its orbit around the earth.

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Photo captions:

P.J. Chemaly Frazier Park

Chuck Noble, Lebec

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Josh Lopez, Cary Bauer, Cuddy Valley

This is part of the August 15, 2014 online edition of The Mountain Enterprise.

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