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Moon Watch: February 2013

Sunday, February 24th, 2013

February will have many opportunities to shoot the moon. On February 25, the moon will rise at the beginning of the blue hour and it will rise at the end of the blue hour on February 26.

Location: Miami, FL (All Times EST)
Sun Moon
Date/Phase Rise Set Rise Set
Feb 24/99% 6:48 AM 6:20 PM 5:29 PM 5:43 AM
Feb 25/Full 6:47 AM 6:20 PM 6:25 PM 6:21 AM
Feb 26/99% 6:46 AM 6:21 PM 7:22 PM 6:58 AM

View my posts How to Shoot the Moon, Night Photography, Night Photography Tricks Revealed, and Video: How to Shoot the Moon.

Moon Watch: December 2012

Monday, November 26th, 2012

December will have many opportunities to shoot the moon. On December 28, the moon will rise during the blue hour.

Location: Miami, FL (All Times EST)
Sun Moon
Date/Phase Rise Set Rise Set
Dec 26/97% 7:06 AM 5:37 PM 4:26 PM 5:31 AM
Dec 27/100% 7:06 AM 5:38 PM 5:16 PM 6:19 AM
Dec 28/Full 7:07 AM 5:38 PM 6:08 PM 7:05 AM
Dec 29/98% 7:07 AM 5:39 PM 7:01 PM 7:49 AM

View my posts How to Shoot the Moon, Night Photography, Night Photography Tricks Revealed, and Video: How to Shoot the Moon.

Moon Watch: September 2012

Monday, August 20th, 2012

There will two opportunities to shoot the moon at the end of August and four opportunities in September.

Location: Miami, FL (All Times EST)
Sun Moon
Date/Phase Rise Set Rise Set
Aug 30/99% 7:00 AM 7:42 PM 6:58 PM 6:01 AM
Aug 31/Full 7:00 AM 7:41 PM 7:35 PM 6:59 AM
Sept 1/99% 7:01 AM 7:40 PM 8:11 PM 7:55 AM
Sept 28/98% 7:12 AM 7:10 PM 6:10 PM 5:46 AM
Sept 29/Full% 7:12 AM 7:09 PM 6:45 PM 6:41 AM
Sept 30/100% 7:12 AM 7:08 PM 7:21 PM 7:35 AM

Read my posts How to Shoot the Moon, Night Photography, and Night Photography Tricks Revealed.

Moon Watch: March 2012

Monday, February 13th, 2012

There will be many opportunities to shoot the moon in March. The moonrise/sunrise and moonset/sunset will be close to each other on the horizon. According to the Photographer’s Ephemeris, the optimum days will be on March 8 and 9. The timing could be better but it may be possible to photograph both the moonset and sun in the same area of the sky. Unfortunately, moonrise will not be during the blue hour but you might want to try to catch it when it rises.

Location: Miami, FL (All Times EST)
Sun Moon
Date/Phase Rise Set Rise Set
Mar 6/98% 6:39 AM 6:26 PM 4:54 PM 5:05 AM
Mar 7/Full 6:38 AM 6:26 PM 5:57 PM 5:46 AM
Mar 8/99% 6:37 AM 6:27 PM 7:01 PM 6:26 AM
Mar 9/96% 6:36 AM 6:27 PM 8:05 PM 7:08 PM
Mar 10/90% 6:43 AM 6:28 PM 9:11 PM 7:51 PM

Read my post “How to Shoot the Moon.”

The Photographer’s Ephemeris

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

The Photographer’s Ephemeris is an application that will let you know when the sun and moon rise and set plus a lot more than you might expect. Here is a list of key features:

  • Time and direction of sunrise and sunset
  • Time and direction of moonrise and moonset
  • Phase of the moon and % illumination
  • Times of civil, nautical and astronomical twilight
  • Graphical display on a map
  • Save any location you want – no fixed lists
  • Automatic time zone detection for any location on earth
  • Determines elevation above sea level
  • View azimuth and altitude of sun/moon for any time of day/night
  • Distance, bearing and elevation angle between any two points
  • Find when the sun/moon will appear from behind a hill
  • Compensation for atmospheric refraction
  • Compensation for elevation above the horizon
  • Does not require network connection for rise/set times and azimuths. (Note: maps and elevation do require a data connection)

Being able to see the direction that the sun and moon will rise and set is extremely helpful. Rather than scanning the horizon, you know in advance where to look. It is also helpful that The Photographer’s Ephemeris takes into account your elevation. The higher you are, the sooner you will see the sun and moon rise and the longer they will be visible when they set. Being able to save locations is another feature that I appreciate.

The desktop application of The Photographer’s Ephemeris is free. The iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch version is $8.99 via iTunes and the Android version is $4.99 through the Android Market. I don’t know why they have such a price difference between the iOS and Android versions. I have an iPhone and iPad so ponied up the $8.99 and am glad I did. It runs well and solves some frustrations when I am trying to shoot the moon and sun. I can now plan way ahead and predict exactly where the sun and moon will be on the horizon. If you only occationally need information about the sun and moon, you can stick with PhotoBuddy on the iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch and just download the free version of The Photographer’s Ephemeris.