The Supermoon of 2016 and the full moon camping experience at Little Rabbit Key.

Full moon photography fever!

With the US election now over, we can all get back to seeing the much bigger picture. That means taking a mental step back and seeing our little planet Earth, the Sun and the Moon all spinning in space, sometimes creating interesting alignments and closer encounters! On November 13 and 14th we have an exceptional full moon, popularly called the Supermoon of 2016. The is the closest approach to Earth that the moon has made since 1948!

The full Moon will be only 221,524 miles (356,509 km) away and will appear about 14% larger and 30% brighter. Technically this event is called a perigee-syzygy. There will also be some unusually high tides, up to more than a foot in some places in South Florida! For paddlers and campers, this means that the super high tides will also likely temporarily flood some of the island and ground sites in Everglades National Park.

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I like fishing – that is fish eye photography! 🙂

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To fully appreciate a full moon camping experience, it is worthwhile to paddle out to one of the remote backcountry campsites in the Ten Thousand Islands or Florida Bay. This story starts by paddling out to Little Rabbit Key which is centrally located in Florida Bay.

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Little Rabbit Key as seen from the Johnson Key chickee platform.
CLICK for story – Little Rabbit Key!

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This is what high tide can look like on Little Rabbit Key when water already underground gets pushed back up!
CLICK for: Winter birthday triad on Florida Bay with the ‘Banana Boat’!

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Welcoming the sun at Little Rabbit Key in this whole-sky circular panorama.

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Read more about kayaking and camping on Florida Bay at:

Chickees and Keys in Florida Bay – Kayaking, Camping and Nice Dreams!

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Precious, precious fresh water!

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While the Sun was riding high, I decided to see if there was any interesting sunspot activity going on up there that might further add to this celestial event.

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My weapon of choice to capture the Sun and Moon is this SMC Pentax 1000/11 reflex lens.

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The special solar filter installed over my super telephoto lens is made of a coated mylar, also called a Baader safety film.

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The Sun on November 13th, 2016 shows only a little bit of sunspot activity despite all the turmoil of the US presidential election! 😉

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Caution:

Never look directly into the sun through your DSLR camera, lens or telescope without a special solar filter or Baader safety film installed for safe observation!!

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Closeup on a couple of the sunspots present on the Sun’s surface.
The Earth is about the same size as one of those little dots!

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Two more sunspots – the diagonal lines are foliage that was in the way.
Again, our little planet Earth is about the same size as one spot!

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A truly spectacular and powerful sunset over Florida Bay!

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Moving on, it’s time to kick back and enjoy a beautiful sunset followed by a sweet full Moon rising!

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All sky view of the sunset from Little Rabbit Key in Florida Bay.

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Moonrise from last year’s Supermoon over Florida Bay!
CLICK for story:
Harvest moon, Super moon, Blood moon and High Tides of the final tetrad Eclipse of 2015!

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Presenting the 14% larger and 30% brighter Supermoon of November 13 and 14 of 2016!

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Orbits are elliptical – this is why we have a “Supermoon” when the full Moon is in perigee.
Source: Pinterest

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Greeting the night and a great full moon rising over Florida Bay!

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A very bright full moon over Little Rabbit Key in this circular panorama.

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The 1000mm Pentax reflex lens really makes photographing the Moon worthwhile, especially with an APS-C DSLR cam. Getting focus spot on is tricky, but the reflex design really shines in this application! 🙂

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Rewinding back a couple of nights before the actual full moon reveals some more shadow details!

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The full and bright Supermooon of 2016 riding across the sky!

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CLICK for Google Moon – Lunar geography and main points of interest.
Source: Wikipedia

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By pairing the 1000mm lens with the small sensor Pentax Q cam, real close ups of the lunar surface can be captured!

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Close-up of the Supermoon of 2016 with the versatile Pentax Q at 5600mm equivalence.

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ART of Darkness – Camping with the Stars! Part I

A Trip to the Moon!

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Lunar details from an even closer view of the moon!
Copernicus crater at top left, Mare Vaporum at lower right.
Apollo 14 landed at lower left on the Fra Mauro formation.
CLICK for: ART of Darkness – Camping with the Stars! Part I

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Pushing the technical limits of this setup by adding a 2x tele-converter I am able to peek 11200mm deep into the Copernicus moon crater!

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Another section at 11200mm is peppered with lots of smaller craters.

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At this kind of magnification, I think we can just about start picking out landing sites! 😉

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The next really impressive Supermoon like this one won’t occur until 2034!

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Photography under the full moon – “Push the button”! 😉

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Check out more lunar action and photography from the darkness at:

NIGHT LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY and DIGITAL ART: CAMPING with the STARS!

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ART of Darkness – Camping with the Stars! Part I
“A Trip to the Moon”.

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Get out there and enjoy it!

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