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The Moon In My Backyard

Aeryn Lynne

Viewing the moon through a telescope is something I highly recommend doing every once in a while, when the weather is good. I love my city, Toronto, to bits. But one thing that drives us locals a bit nuts is the lack of that beautiful night sky, that we all know is there beyond the light pollution.

Jay and I tend to wind up having impromptu parties in our backyard… in hopes of seeing chunks of rock fly through the air, whenever there’s a call for a meteor shower. A highlight for me was watcginga huge orange bolder seemingly somersault throughout the dark sky, just above our house. Solidly visible, even despite the massive amount of light it had to penetrate for us to see.  It’s a sight I hope to never forget.

Despite the fact that we heard it would be completely useless to use a telescope to catch a meteor shower (seeing as those rocks don’t stick in one place long enough to view it through a scope,) Jay and I ended up purchasing one after the more recent call for a shower.  At $100 off regular price, we couldn’t resist! So this big baby came home with us…

Celestron 21061 Astromaster 70 Az Refractor Telescope
Celestron 21061 Astromaster 70 Az Refractor Telescope

 

And boy, do we have a lot of learning to do!  It came with two eyepieces (20mm and 10mm lenses,) but we were only able to get one of them to properly work (the 10mm currently makes everything look like one big blurry mess,) so we’re obviously missing something vital to really make a go of stargazing.

Last night though, it was all perfect.

Have you seen the Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey series?  Shockingly created by the same dude who created Family Guy (I like to think that the Cosmos series is Seth MacFarlane’s one big apology for still having  Family Guy on air.)  Bottom line, if this 13 episode series was available while I was still in high school, I would have paid more attention to certain science classes. It showcased all these integral invisibilities; bits and pieces that build one giant meaning-of-life equation, and turned it into a cartoon that everyone could understand.  It inspired me to learn more.  Neil deGrasse Tyson has become one of my favourite people ever, but I digress…

TheHubs and I got to test out our brand spanking new Astromaster telescope for the first time last night, simply set up right in our back yard, and we aimed it straight at the moon.  It was actually the very first time I’ve ever looked through a telescope and was completely shocked at how clear our view was.  Just about shed a tear, it was so darn pretty.  I mean, yeah, we all know that telescopes are meant to make things in the night sky seem all that much closer, but I had no idea just how much so!

Squeeee, look it!

The Moon in My Backyard - Taking pictures of the moon with telescope.

The Moon in My Backyard - Taking pictures of the moon with telescope.

The Moon in My Backyard - Taking pictures of the moon with telescope.

Yeah, the pics are a bit blurry, sorry! I used my Canon DSLR, but I don’t yet have a tripod for it, so grabbing still, clear pictures was apparently impossible to do.

I think this just might become a brand new hobby though.  Last night, the moon was more or less in apogee (the moon was at its farthest distance from Earth on June 2nd,) and I’ve marked my calendar for June 14th where the moon will hit its next perigee (where the moon is at its closest distance to Earth.) Just have to keep fingers crossed for beautiful weather!

EDIT – It took a while to finally get time to upload, but here are pics from June 14th!

Moon in Perigee (June 14, 2014)

Moon in Perigee (June 14, 2014)

Moon in Perigee (June 14, 2014) - Looks like an orange, heh.

Moon in Perigee (June 14, 2014) – Looks like an orange, heh.

Perigee Moon - Side shot of the moon.

Perigee Moon

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Aeryn Lynne

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13 Comments on “The Moon In My Backyard

Christine
June 5, 2014 at 2:46 pm

WOW! That is SO cool!!! What fabulous photos! Pretty exciting stuff! You guys should come visit us on Manitoulin Island and test that baby out! We have dark sky preserves here, unparalleled to anything I have ever seen! Meteor showers, Northern Lights…

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Aeryn Lynne
July 4, 2014 at 2:29 pm

ONE of these days TheHubs and I are going to make it to Manitoulin Island, I swear! <3 Checking out one of those dark sky preserves would be *amazing* too, but I simply just want to catch up with ya and your fam, heh. 🙂

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Kirsten
June 16, 2014 at 9:51 pm

Very cool! We live in the country and try to do some stargazing and moon watching when we’re not too tired! We failed at staying up to watch the meteor shower. Tried to see the moon on the 14th, but kind of forgot.

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Aeryn Lynne
July 4, 2014 at 2:26 pm

Thanks Kirsten! 🙂 It took me forever to upload them, but now have a few shots above from the 14th as well. I couldn’t believe how close up a view we managed to get that night, lol. I have got to make my way up to cottage country, even for just a weekend; truly miss seeing the night sky w/out light pollution.

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Gingermommy
July 4, 2014 at 3:48 pm

OOh these are great shots. My kids would love to see the moon so close

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Aeryn Lynne
July 4, 2014 at 3:53 pm

Thanks Gingermommy! 🙂 The nephew was visiting last night, and we got the telescope out for a few minutes (it quickly turned into a cloudy night unfortunately, so we didn’t get to view for too long,) but he LOVED looking at the moon, and was so enamoured that he had to make sure his stuffed tiger got a look too before we had to head back inside, LOL.

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Ladena
July 4, 2014 at 3:52 pm

GREAT photos! I love stargazing. I’ve always wanted a telescope, maybe it’s time I actually look into it! I bet my kids would love to see stars and the moon up close.

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Aeryn Lynne
July 4, 2014 at 4:02 pm

Thanks so much Ladena! It took TheHubs and I 7 years to finally go pick a telescope up, but we’ve been loving moments in the backyard with the scope on a weekly basis since we got it. 🙂 If you’re actively looking for one, I would recommend checking out Canadian Tire (if you’re close to one) for the Celestron that we picked up. It has a really easy setup for us beginners, and was half-off at CT again last week, so it might still be on sale now.

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Randa @ TBK
July 4, 2014 at 4:03 pm

Great shots Aeryn! I have always wanted a telescope, it something I plan on purchasing for my son.

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Aeryn Lynne
July 4, 2014 at 4:10 pm

Thanks Randa! Telescopes are REALLY FUN to have one no matter where you live (city/country/somewhere in between.) 🙂 As I mentioned to Ladena above, if you’re looking to purchase one right now, Canadian Tire might still have some like the Celestron on sale still.

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paula schuck
July 4, 2014 at 4:58 pm

How the heck are you lady?! Missed you. This is awesome. I just showed my DD. She said Whoa…who went there? Hahaha..Looks like you could have been there almost it’s such a great shot.

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Suzanne Rudge (MapleMouseMama)
July 4, 2014 at 7:00 pm

Wow these are amazing photos! I’d be squeeing too, LOL. I think it is great you had a party in your backyard to welcome the shower. Celebrate life!

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Jenn
July 4, 2014 at 9:13 pm

Those are great shots!! I love watching the night sky! It is so interesting!

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