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Lunar Eclipse of Aug.28

nosingchum

Richmond, CA
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nosingchum Registered since 31st Oct 2005
Wed 16-Jan-08 01:33 PM

Hi,

I didn't know what would be the appropriate category to upload these eclipse photos. I figured that landscape would also include lunar landscape as well

Details:
- Nikon D50 @ ISO 200
- Lens: A Borg 76ED f6.6 refractor with a 0.85x focal reducer (420mm @ f5.6 effective)
- A motorized driven mount (Vixen GP-DX with Sky Sensor 2000)
- The exposures were 8 seconds (except for the last one)

The weather was somewhat clear, with clouds banks coming in and out. Only right after the last photo was taken did the clouds finally cover the moon.

This was probably the darkest lunar eclipse I've ever seen. I stayed up all night with some friends to watch the eclipse from Cypress Bowl mountain, in Vancouver, Canada. There were quite a number of observers at the start of the eclipse, around 2am PDT. There were some users with 300mm and 400mm lenses but none on a motor driven mount. I was the only one with a German equatorial mount, which allowed much longer exposures. Overall, I'm pleased with these photos not only because I finally took them on an equatorial mount but also that the images are focused sharply.

The next eclipse will be Feb.21, 2008.

enjoy,
Simon

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