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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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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