Friday, October 18, 2013

Tonight's Penumbral Lunar Eclipse, October 18, 2013

Penumbral Lunar Eclipse, October 18, 2013
Penumbral Lunar Eclipse, October 18, 2013

Hooray! I got both photos I wanted. Kinda underwhelmed with this partial eclipse, but it's fun to do a side by side comparison. I had to get my gloves and winter coat out for these, a little preview of winter observing fun ahead!

Canon Rebel XT on fixed tripod 300mm f/11 1/250 sec (during) 1/400 sec (after) ISO 200.  Stack of 20 images each in Registax, desaturated the yellow out of the image from 7:55pm when the moon was lower in the sky. Planned to take both at exact same camera settings, but brighter full moon higher in the sky required faster shutter speed at same f-stop and ISO.

hunter's moon rising
An orange Hunter's Moon rising

I also grabbed this image of the moon when it was first peaking up over the apartments, it appears orange for the same reason sunsets appear orange, because it was still very low in the sky and the light had to travel through more of the Earth's atmosphere. 

moon over apartments

moon in clouds
Had to wait for the clouds to clear before shooting the partial eclipse, just to make sure I wasn't mistaking clouds for the Earth's shadow
Canon rebel xt night photography
iPhone photo while waiting for clouds to clear

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