The series above were taken at various exposures ranging from 5:06am, ISO 200, 300mm, f/5.6, 1/1600sec to the blood moon at 6:57am, ISO 800, 300mm, f/5.6, 1.3 sec. Going from 1/1600sec to 1.3 seconds is a crazy amount of change in brightness!
To the naked eye the fully eclipsed full moon looked very dark. It was unimpressive (although bizarre and interesting) through a 60mm refractor because it was so dark. It doesn't look like the photos, those are collecting more light. Since this was my first total lunar eclipse I wasn't sure what to expect, but I'm glad at least in the camera it had the dramatic red hue.
Let me back up and talk a little about how I was set up for the night. I had my Canon T5i on a fixed tripod, and my Meade 285 refractor with DIY digiscoping mount. I put a towel over the camera when I wasn't shooting to prevent dew, and then tried to re-focus before each shot. It was difficult to focus as the moon got darker - a combination of the low light and the fact that the moon was approaching the horizon.
I was also able to get some video with my iPhone and convert it to pretty decent photos.
|My setup with a towel over the camera between shots to prevent dew|
|Single frame with Canon T5i, ISO 800, 160mm, f/5.6, 2.0 sec|
|Single frame with Canon T5i, ISO 800, 110mm, f/5.6, 2.0 sec|
The planet Uranus was clearly visible in the photos, although not with the naked eye from what I could tell. At mag 6.05 or so, it was very obvious and surprisingly close to the moon. It's fascinating to see photos with the full moon and stars so close together because in other photos of the full moon, everything is washed out completely.
|Single frame with Canon T5i, ISO 800, 300mm, f/5.6, 1.3 sec|
As the light changed, and morning twilight turned to dawn, the still fully-eclipsed moon set over the tree line at 7:17am (and I rushed to finish getting ready for work).
|Single frame with Canon T5i, ISO 800, 300mm, f/5.6, 1.3 sec, contrast adjusted to darken trees|
As I was driving to work, I could see the moon coming out of total eclipse with a weird crooked banana shaped crescent moon just over the horizon. It was bizarre because it wasn't a crescent like a regular phase of the moon, it was just a little bright chunk of moon against a blue sky.
All in all, it was definitely worth getting up early to get my sequence of shots. I've been wanting to put together a lunar eclipse composite like the one at the top of this post. I think I'll order a print and frame it in my office. The next step is to photograph the ENTIRE eclipse sequence, and it looks like I might get that chance in September 2015!