Full Moon at Perigee

Full Moon at Perigee by Tom Howard

Full Moon at Perigee by Tom Howard

Tom Howard


Nikon D7000 DSLR; TS-Optics 65mm quadruplet; Nikon x1.4 Teleconverter.

The moon made its closest approach of 2018 on New Year’s Day. I took this photograph three hours before full moon, so little relief is visible except on the north-western limb. But this was a good opportunity to study the subtle colour differences between the maria (for example, the seas of Serenity and Tranquillity) and the rays thrown out by Crater Tycho and Crater Copernicus.