Lunar Eclipse

April 2015 Lunar Eclipse Photos

Got up to see the start of the lunar eclipse here is Florida (around 6:15). Got the kids out of bed long enough for them to walk out into the back yard and see the first few bites be taken out of the Moon. I stayed out and took as many photos as possible until the Moon dipped down below my local horizon. I was using a Canon Digital Rebel XT with a 28-135mm telephoto lens with image stabilization. My favorite image is the one at the top of this post (ISO 800 with the full 135mm telephoto). I included all the photos that turned out half way decent below (inluding a photo I snapped with my iPhone).

Lunar Eclipse Saturday April 4th

There is a total lunar eclipse visible here in North America this Saturday morning (as well as South America, Asia and parts of Australia. If you have never taken the opportunity to see a lunar eclipse set an alarm Saturday morning and step outside for a few minutes and enjoy the view. No special equipment needed. If you have a pair of binoculars or a telescope that is even better, but again not required.

There are two online resources I really like for determining just how much of the eclipse you can see from your location and when:

Sky and Telescope:

Shows some good figures and a table of the major events for North America

Time and Date:

Detects your location from the browser and shows you the start and end times for the eclipse in your location along with an animation of what you will see.

Below is an image I took during a lunar eclipse in 2007. This was taken by performing a direct imaging technique using my DSLR attached to the focuser on my 10" dobsonian telescope. Not perfectly in focus but I captured the amazing colors of the eclipse.

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