November 06, 2006 By: erik Category: Geeky, Photos, Timelapse, Videos 863 views

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There was a beautiful full moon last night for bonfires and werewolves alike.

I tried to take some pictures of it, but it came out too small. Then I found that I could fit my digital camera’s nose into the eyepiece of my binoculars. Unfortunately, I was unable to hold the conjoined unit steady enough to get a clear exposure for a picture.


This was the best I could take. There’s a faint reddish tint to it since it was so low on the horizon.

I noticed that when I was done fiddling with the binoculars that the moon was a little higher than it was when I first noticed it. So I had the idea to set up my webcam and laptop to take a timelapse video of the moon rising into the night sky.


Notice that it does not move in a straight line. The path it takes across the sky is ecliptic.

No doubt you will want to watch this video a few times and drag the slider left and right quickly (it’s fun, try it!), and Revver’s flash interface isn’t very helpful for that. So you can download the video here: (436 KB).

  • Betsy

    I just found a reference in our paper to the fact that the Colonial Americans called November’s full moon the “Beaver Moon”. The name signified the time to set (beaver) traps before the swamps froze. The Farmers Almanac reports the name’s origin as simply referring to the time of year when beavers are preparing for winter.

  • Interesting! Either way, it was dam beautiful!

    🙂 Sorry…

    Wikipedia confirms your information. The names of the other moons are interesting.