Supermoon 2016

Tuesday 15 November 2016, 1.00am HKT


11.43pm local time, 25°C (77°F), rel. hum. 88%, warm and muggy

I’VE not gone missing but just went to the Moon, so I was out of cell range.

I was responsible for this:—

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The Supermoon as seen through a home telescope in Hong Kong, and shot on my potato-quality Sony Ericsson Xperia SK17i mobile phone.

It’s supposed to be silvery white in colour.

Clearly my phone camera and the surrounding haze had an alternative opinion on the matter.

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Bunny on the Moon

The “rabbit” is the blotch at the top right-hand quadrant.

Lots of my people say they couldn’t see the rabbit. It’s THERE! Look!

Sorry, I don’t know why people put rabbits on the Moon. I would’ve preferred hamsters instead.

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As you can see, I’ve managed to turn our beloved Moon into something like Mars, or even Pluto.

Still a better upgrade than the downgrade that Pluto was forced to suffer.

If I could upgrade the Moon to Mars-like appearance, there’s no excuse for Pluto’s downgrade to — what the hell was the term? — “dwarf planet.”

Dwarf my foot.

Upgrade Pluto — so it can up yours.

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Resplendent in the night sky at 33 feet (10 metres) closer to the Earth since 1948 (or 68 years).

The next Supermoon will be on 25 November 2034 — 18 years from now.

So 18 years from now, follow these steps to take better pictures of the Moon:—

  • Station yourself up on the roof — avoids getting run over by oncoming traffic.
  • Ideally, a manual camera on B setting, fitted to a tripod, and use a cable release.
  • Use a telephoto lens of at least 100mm focal length.
  • Stop down the lens all the way to at least ƒ16.
  • Fire the shutter at 1 second, 2 seconds, etc, and hope for the best.
  • Try to chat up the chick/stud next to you.

It’s as simple as that.

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How it looked in the night sky in Hong Kong

Was it a biggie?

Well, not really — but it was a lot clearer than usual. The various lunar craters were nearly all visible.

Only the craters on our streets are more visible. That’s a crying shame — we do have a municipal authority responsible for maintaining the thoroughfares here, yet our streets are still like battlegrounds.

Sorry, why are we paying tax?

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The view from the streets

It was BRIGHTER, not larger. And nobody looked up. They looked down — at their mobile phones.

Which brings me to the subject of updates:—

What’s happened to me all these months?

(Sigh) I don’t know where to begin. Let’s say I’ve not been a happy bunny like The Bunny on the Moon. My right shoulder hasn’t healed properly (or at all) and I still have trouble lifting it to chest level. But I will resume blogging.

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3 Responses to “Supermoon 2016”

  1. lawmrh said

    Welcome back! Thanks for sharing the super moon pics. It will be another 40 years until the next opportunity — assuming some of us are still around!

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  2. Ed Hurst said

    You got much better results than I did. I really need to get a tripod. Still, it was a refreshing return and here’s praying for some kind of recovery for you.

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