Man on the moon

Telefoto of the partial lunar eclipse on July 16th 2019
1/320 sec – f/5 – ISO 200 – 210 mm

I find it fitting that this week’s anniversary of mankind’s first landing on the moon coincides with a current lunar event, the partial eclipse on this past Tuesday. Not that I ever need a reason to point my camera up at the big silver dish in the sky. Looking for the man on the moon.

50 years ago to this day, July 20th 1969, Commander Neil Armstrong and lunar module pilot Buzz Aldrin landed the Apollo Lunar Module Eagle at the Sea of Tranquility at 20:17 UTC. Armstrong became the first person to step onto the moon’s surface six hours later, speaking the famous words “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind”. Buzz Aldrin joined him 19 minutes later, while fellow astronaut Michael Collins flew the command module Columbia in the lunar orbit.

As a child, I was amazed by those sketchy black&white images of astronauts jumping around the dusty surface of the moon on my parent’s TV, my very earliest television memory. Although I doubt it was Apollo 11 (I was just two and a half years old), probably one of the later missions.

But since them I’m deeply awed by this greatest adventure of mankind. Apollo 13 (with Tom Hanks) is still my favorite movie, the great coffee table book “Full Moon” (featuring the photographs of the Apollo missions) one of my favorite photographic publications.

And I love pointing my camera up at the silver dish in the night sky. The above photo I took last Tuesday during the early stages of the partial lunar eclipse. I used the Olympus OM-D E-M1X with the mZuiko 40-150mm F/2.8 Pro Zoom with the MC-14 TeleConverter, giving me a focal length of 210mm (equals 420mm in full frame). I shot this handheld at 1/320 sec – f/5 – ISO 200 (the good thing is the moon is so bright there is no problem shooting a zoom image handheld – you almost always have sufficient shutter speeds).

I’m always on the lookout for the man on the moon.

Wish you a great Saturday!


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  1. Wonderful capture Marcus! We weren’t able to see the eclipse here so I love seeing it through your lens. 🙂

  2. Excellent shot. The moon has always been part of my life, and I love the film Apollo 13, the real event marked my birth. The actual moon landing was one giant leap for my parents as they conceived me.

  3. This tuesday, I noticed the eclipse of the moon, and could not get it with the smart phone camera. Thank you!
    1969, I was eight years old, we had no television at home, but were invited to our neighbours in the middle of the night to watch the landing on the moon, which was exciting. The days before and afterwords, we listened to the radio, and I collected the newspaper articles. Together with a school comerade, I went to the Nuremberg planetarium and its presentations.
    Good moon

  4. There are plenty of nay say-ers these days that this never happened. I say it did. Nice photo Marcus, I can never get a good moon shot!

  5. Nice shot Marcus. Yes the moon has always fascinated me too. I got the last few minutes of it. Just a tiny smudge! Technically all wrong but I was pleased with it!

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