Pope Francis Upon Leaving Philadelphia Will Be ONLY Pope To Have Been In The Air During A Supermoon Eclipse.
by Anura Guruge
Is it a coincidence? The Vatican would have known. Pope Francis will be leaving Philadelphia tonight, Sunday, September 27, 2015, as the Moon is being eclipsed.
There will be those that believe that that could be significant.
No other pope, ever, has been in the air during a Supermoon Eclipse. I checked.
The last Supermoon Eclipse was on December 30, 1982. Pope John Paul II was in Rome celebrating the Holidays. The one before that was in 1946 and popes were not flying as yet (at least not on planes).
So that is a record. First pope to have flown during a Supermoon Eclipse.
by Anura Guruge
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But now I went back and had another very careful look. It is one heck of a camera. And I know that the firmware is now at 1.4. But people are still ‘talking’ about AF issues and Auto Focus is of paramount interest to me because of my dodgy (and worsening) eyesight. Though I use manual focus quite often I prefer to start off with AF. So if AF is a weakness in the NX1 — especially when taking stills — then that is a major strike against this camera. I actually checked, online, quite a few images taken with NX1s, at full size. Many did NOT impress me.
And then there is a ‘price-for-value’ equation. From what I can see there aren’t too many good lens options for the NX1 when it comes to the focal range I am after, i.e., 18 to 300 mm. Yes, you can get them, but the ‘price is not right’, and many of the lenses DO NOT have the image quality that I seek.
I could be wrong but I am not impressed at ALL with the stock Samsung 16-50mm lens for the NX1. It appears to be a very soft lens and I seek crisp lenses. Ditto for this 50-200. I saw some terrible shots taken with it. And between these two lenses I am at $1,756. But for that price I would LIKE to get up to 300 mm (as opposed to 200 mm) and have better image quality.
I have a feeling, and I could be wrong, that there could be a NX2 by March 2016. So I am going to WAIT. Does that make sense?
>> Supermoon eclipse, Sep. 27, 2015.
For a welcome change the weather will cooperate
for Sunday, September 27, 2015
Supermoon Eclipse over New Hampshire.
It is a Supermoon eclipse in that the Moon happens to be at its closest to Earth.
You can have Supermoons without there been an eclipse and eclipses without it being a Supermoon.
Supermoon eclipses are quite rare. The last was 33 years ago in 1982. The next is 18 years hence in 2033.
In addition to 1982, the other Supermoon eclipses since 1900 have been in 1910, 1928, 1946 & 1964.
Here is a GREAT NASA video about Supermoon eclipses that explain why they are rare (if you can’t visualize it yourself). Enjoy.