Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Moon Test Shot Before Eclipse (Too Bright)

I wanted to make sure I had everything set up and tested before the highly anticipated lunar eclipse coming up on Sunday night. I went out and did a few quick shots of the waxing gibbous (77%) tonight, and did a quick stack. There is a purple halo around the brighter side of the moon, and I think my settings were a little too bright (shutter was too long at ISO 100).

300mm waxing gibbous moon
Canon T5i: 20 frames stacked in Registax, each at 300mm, ISO 100, 1/200 sec, f/5.6

Clarity is pretty good though, and I didn't even do a High Pass layer on this one - just shoot and stack. I'll have to try a little faster shutter next time.

Shooting an eclipse isn't so much about planning in advance as it is about adjusting quickly (so I've found in my limited experience). The lighting changes quickly from a very bright full moon to a moon darker than the thinnest crescent.

Side note, I've been digging these Celestron countdown images on Instagram, check it out:

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