Strawberry Moon

Object: Strawberry Moon – Full Moon in June 2022

The full Moon names used by The Old Farmer’s Almanac come from a number of places, including Native American, Colonial American, and European sources. Historically, names for the full or new Moons were used to track the seasons. Today, we think of Moon names as “nicknames” for the Moon. June’s full Moon—typically the last full Moon of spring or the first of summer—has traditionally been called the Strawberry Moon. While strawberries certainly are a reddish-pink color and are roundish in shape, the origin of the name “Strawberry Moon” has nothing to do with the Moon’s hue or appearance, despite the evocative imagery. A Moon usually appears reddish when it’s close to the horizon because the light rays must pass through the densest layers of atmosphere.


Rights Statement: Copyright, Julio Encarnacion, 2022

Acquisition Dates: 07/31/22, 08/01/22

Location: Driveway, Land o Lakes, Florida

Optics: Takahashi FSQ-85EDXP f/5.3 Quadruplet Petzval Apochromat Refractor

Mount: Sky-Watcher EQ6-R Pro

Camera: ZWO ASI-2600MM Pro (mono)

Filters: Astrodon: Ha (5nm); SII (3nm); OIII (3nm)

Guiding: ZWO ASI174MM Mini (mono)

Gain: 100 for narrowband

Cooling: -14F

Integration: Ha (5nm): 10×600”; Ha (5nm): 20×300”; SII (3nm): 10×600”; OIII (3nm): 7×600”

Software: Mount Control: EQMOD; Acquisition, Guiding, Polar Alignment: ZWO ASIAIR Plus; Processing: Pixinisght 1.8.9 and Adobe Photoshop Processing: Pixinsight 1.8.9 and Adobe Photoshop