Thursday, August 31, 2023
My images of the Apogee Moon Feb 5 and Perigee Moon August 2, 2023.
|Full Moon August 2, 21:49 ACST (True full Moon was 5:00 ACST. Perigee 2nd 3:30pm) next to apogee Full Moon February 5, 23:15 ACDST (FM 4 am, apogee 4th -1d9h) (click to embiggen). ||FFull Moon August 2, 21:49 ACST (True full Moon was 5:00 ACST. Perigee 2nd 3:30pm) overlaid with apogee Full Moon February 5, 23:15 ACDST (FM 4 am, apogee 4th -1d9h) (click to embiggen).|
Tonight is the best perigee full Moon this year, it is also a "blue" moon, popularly defined as the second full Moon in a month. The first full moon of August was also a perigee full moon, so i have uploaded
Not as big as this "blue" perigee Full Moon but not bad at all. For comparison I have overlain the apogee full moon from February this year.
The February image was taken at 23:15 on February 5, as I didn't want to get up a 4 am, not quite full Moon but a bit closer to apogee. The August image was taken August 2, 21:49 ACST (True full Moon was 5:00 ACST. Perigee 2nd 3:30pm), again, didn't feel like getting up at 5 am
If anything the perigee Moon is slightly larger than expected compared to the apogee Moon. Possibly due to field distortion form not centering the Moon in the eyepiece properly and Perigee being slightly closer when I took the image.
The images were taken with an Xperia mobile phone (Focus at infinity, 1/4000 second, ISO 400 both Full Moons, through a 25 mm eyepiece on a tracking 8" Newtonian (Saxon EQ6 mount).