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Full Moon Shoot on the Lake - Alternate Date

ALTERNATE DATE: It's been pointed out the full moon will rise the following night over Lou Neff Point so here is yet another alternate meetup for shooting the full moon over Austin.  Thanks to Tricia for suggesting this idea.   


Copied from Original Meetup


Join us to photograph the full moon rising over the Austin skyline from the Lou Neff Point in Zilker Park [masked]N,[masked]W) while still in the "blue hour." We will meet at Lou Neff Point at 7:30pm in time to setup and shoot the sunset at 8:05pm. The moon will rise between the Frost Bank tower and the Austonian at 8:25pm and will be on top of the Austonian at 9:12pm.

Why this Location

The farther the subject is from your camera, the bigger the moon appears relative to the subject. The spot is over 5,000 ft from the skyline. It offers versatility where you can shoot using different focal lengths from wide to super tele as well as include water reflections. Also because of the distance, we will be beyond the hyperfocal distance of most of your camera gear and can get away with acceptable sharpness shooting at infinity even with longer focal lengths (for example, hyperfocal distance of a 400mm f/5.6 mounted on a full frame camera is approximately 3,234 ft) - meaning, focus on the moon and everything else is sharp!.

If you have a telephoto, the moon will be directly on top of the Austonian around 9:12pm and will be able to shoot a photo of the moon and just above top of the Austonian tower.

Telemetry and other Numbers

The Frost Bank Tower is 4.96 degrees tall (515 ft at 5938 ft distance), and the Austonian is 7.08 degrees tall (6.83 ft at 5413 ft distance).

At 9:12pm, the moon will be directly on top of the Austonian at 9 degrees. The angular diameter of the moon is 0.5 degrees.

Sunset, Twilight, Moonrise, etc Times

• Sunset is at 8:05pm

• Moonrise is at 8:25pm, 93.5 degrees (compass)

• Civil Twilight ends at 8:30pm

• Nautical Twilight ends at 9:00pm

• Moon 9 degrees above Austonian tower at 9:12pm, 99 degrees (compass)

• Astronomical Twilight ends at 9:30pm 


There are plenty of street parking in Zilker Park along Lou Neff Road. As always, carpooling is recommended. Post comments below if you would like to carpool with other photographers.

RSVP Limit and other Notes

The location is very small and can only accommodate a few people with tripods. To give enough space for everybody to take their photos, we've limit the RSVP to only 15 photographers. Please be kind and considerate with the other photographers by updating your RSVP if you can no longer make it to let the people in the waitlist move up. The RSVP will be closed the day before the event August 20, 2013 at 10:30pm.

What to bring

• Camera (yeah, don't leave home without it)

• Compass (most smart phones have them)

• Tripod

• Wide angle lens and telephoto lenses

• Cable release or intervalometer

• ND filter if you want to smooth the water for an even longer exposure

• Bug spray especially if the 'skitters love you :)

• Flashlight or headlamp as it will be dark by the time we get out

• Snacks and water

Other locations to shoot the full moon

The Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge (location of the June 2013 super moon meetup) is a good place. It is a closer at 3,510 ft from the Austonian, so the moon will not be as big relative to the buildings. The moon will rise to the right of the Austonian tower.

If you are only shooting telephoto, there is a spot in Zilker Park along Lou Neff Road where you can shoot the moon just above the Frost Bank Tower (the Owl). It is at[masked]N,[masked]W. The moon will be atop the Frost Bank at 9:00pm just about 6 degree high from about 8,038 ft away - a 400mm or bigger would do. Note: there may be obstruction (trees), so do a little scouting of this area.


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  • David

    I should have had more faith in this shoot! I was so sure it was going to rain I put my plants out!!!! :(

    August 23, 2013

  • Tricia

    Really enjoyed the event. There was a nice group and the event hosts were very helpful (as always) with questions about settings.

    August 23, 2013

  • Jeff C.

    Their are some white puffy clods right behind the skyline that should glow red at sunset

    August 22, 2013

  • Jeff L.

    From my balcony, I can see heavy clouds to the east over the skyline. Not sure if they'll clear in time for the moonrise. On the other hand, it's quite a bit less hazy than last night.

    August 22, 2013

  • Chris Davis C.

    I'm going to a meeting at 6:30 up north and plan to join you on my way back south, but please allow someone to take my place in the event I don't make it. Chris

    August 22, 2013

  • Alicia

    Not going to make it after all, someone please go in my stead.:)

    August 21, 2013

  • Allen R.

    We now have 3 Shoot the Moon meetups next week. Please take a moment to update your RSVP to the event you plan to attend. We have meetup members on the the waiting list for the 2 events at Lou Neff point. If you are on the waiting list and still want the opportunity to go leave your name on the waiting list.

    August 15, 2013

  • Tricia

    Thanks so much for adding this!

    1 · August 14, 2013

  • Alex B.

    Here's the comment I posted on the original meetup a couple of days ago:

    The same spot (Lou Neff Point) would give you the moon rising over the skyline the following day, Thursday, August 22, 2013 except that the moon rises a little later at 9:04pm and would be visible around 9:15-ish over the skyline just to the left of the Frost Bank tower. It'll be a bit darker (close to the end of the Astronomical Twilight). If you want an alignment, you can get the moon right behind the top of the Frost Bank around 9:24pm along the Lou Neff Road if trees don't block the view. There is also baseball fields on the other side of the Barton Creek that could give you the same alignment. Look for a bearing between 90-91 degrees.

    2 · August 14, 2013

  • Kirk

    keep in mind the moonrise will be about 40 min later on thursday.

    August 14, 2013

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