I've never photographed a total lunar eclipse, I've only seen and photographed a penumbral eclipse.
The total lunar eclipse on October 8 is the second of four in the tetrad of total lunar eclipses in 2014-2015. I missed the first one for bad weather, so I'm hoping to catch this one!
Here are some resources for the eclipse to help you plan ahead. There is a PDF all about the eclipse from NASA. Here is tons of information about photographing a lunar eclipse (very helpful!). Nikon also has a guide to photographing lunar eclipses.
|Guide to the October 8 eclipse in Eastern Time (by Fred Espenak at EclipseWise.com)|
In terms of twilights, expect astronomical twilight at 6:17am, nautical twilight at 6:49am, and civil twilight from 7:20am until sunrise.
In Noblesville, the moon will be about 15° above the horizon when the total eclipse begins (6:25am). Here are a few techniques to estimate the elevation of objects on the horizon.
There are several ways to photograph the eclipse, as described by both the guides linked above:
- Wide Angle - The small eclipsed moon within a larger landscape
- Star Trails - The moon as a streak of light that changes colors among star trails
- Multiple Exposures - The phases of the eclipse composed onto the same photo to show both the path and progress over time
- Telephoto - A close up of the face of the moon during the eclipse