Pictures of the Supermoon – From a telescope using iPhone 4

This evening I stopped by the office where I also have placed my amateur telescope. Why is it placed at the office? Mainly because we’re on the 16th floor and the view from there can be quite striking at times. The reason for going up there on this particular night is the fact that there is a supermoon (perigee-syzygy) in the sky.

Keep in mind though, supermoons take place several times every year, so it is not like some articles in the media where it is said that it happens once every 18 years. The confusion seems to stem from the fact that the moon is at its closest perigee tonight (about 356,000km) compared to many of those other supermoons, and the last time it was this close was in 1992.

Being this close to earth the moons gets the blame for all sorts of natural disasters with the most recent one being the tsunami in Japan on March 11th. However some say this is not that accurate this time around since two weeks before a supermoon it is actually at its farthest point (called apogee) from earth with about 406.000km in-between them. This means that on March the 11th the moon was closer to an apogee than perigee, innocent until proven guilty?

Will the moon ever be as close to the earth as it was today?

I recently watched a really interesting documentary explaining certain things when it comes to the moon and its relation to the earth called Do We Really Need The Moon. In this documentary they touched upon the fact that the moon is moving away from us, which means that our days will become longer, but wouldn’t it also mean that the supermoon will also be further and further away for each cycle? We’re talking about many many (understatement) years from now ofcourse.

There are several lists of historical and coming apogees and perigees and I like this one from Astropro, but here’s a list that is a bit easier to grasp (from Wikipedia):

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  • November 10, 1954
  • November 20, 1972
  • January 8, 1974
  • February 26, 1975
  • December 2, 1990
  • January 19, 1992
  • March 8, 1993
  • January 10, 2005
  • December 12, 2008
  • January 30, 2010
  • March 19, 2011
  • November 14, 2016
  • January 2, 2018
  • January 21, 2023
  • November 25, 2034
  • January 13, 2036

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Supermoon pictures taken with an iPhone 4 through a telescope

I knew I just had to go up there when I saw the moon rising, it looked absolutely amazing from the ground and I needed to look at it a little bit closer. While doing this I tried to take some shots through the telescope using my iPhone 4 and it actually turned out alright. The telescope is a cheap (99EUR / 1000SEK) one I bought on a recommendation from a friend. I used a 20mm lense while taking these pics. Enjoy!

The Supermoon from the ground in Halmstad
The Supermoon from the ground in Halmstad
The Supermoon through the telescope using a 20mm lense
The Supermoon through the telescope using a 20mm lense.
The Supermoon without focus, pure moonlight, also creating a small ghost moon
The Supermoon without focus, pure moonlight, also creating a small ghost moon.
The Supermoon unfocused, creating moonlight flares
The Supermoon unfocused, creating moonlight flares.
The Supermoon through the scope, a little bit shifted, it's hard to hold the camera steady!
The Supermoon through the scope, a little bit shifted, it's hard to hold the camera steady!
The Supermoon with 20mm magnification, good clear picture, you would be surprised it was taken with an iPhone.
The Supermoon with 20mm magnification, good clear picture, you wouldn't guess it was taken with an iPhone.

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