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08/26/2007 12:01:42 PM · #1
There's a full lunar eclipse early Tuesday morning. Info Here
08/26/2007 12:17:04 PM · #2
I've been waiting for this. I'm hoping to get some shots like the ones on this page. Also there is some helpful info on there about exposure times etc.

Message edited by author 2007-08-26 12:17:29.
08/26/2007 12:34:51 PM · #3
Lunar Eclipse Map
This may be helpful, or disappointing, depending on where you are located.
If you try the multiple exposure method in the thread links posted earlier, you will only get one chance with it, unless you have more than one camera and lens combo ready to use. In any case, good luck, and have fun.

Message edited by author 2007-08-26 12:35:45.
08/26/2007 12:47:12 PM · #4
Looks like the Bay Area's marine layer is back after the recent heat wave, and it's likely to be overcast. :-(
08/27/2007 09:49:30 AM · #5
I had planned to shoot this, but still haven't got replacement gear from when mine was stolen. :( Oh well, can still look at it with eyes. :) Hope plenty of you get good shots.
08/27/2007 09:55:05 AM · #6
dang, will be just barely visible at my time of course I'll be at work anyway so I wouldn't be able to.

Paddles...too late to maybe go rent some equipment? Not sure it's an option just a thought. That really sucks about your gear.
08/27/2007 11:30:00 AM · #7
On Tuesday, Aug. 28th,
the full Moon will enter Earth's shadow for a 90-minute
total eclipse. People on the Pacific side of Earth
will have the best view as the Moon turns a dreamy shade
of sunset red. Favored areas include the Americas
(especially western North America), Hawaii, Japan,
Australia, New Zealand, east Asia and Antarctica. The show
begins Tuesday morning around 2 a.m. Pacific Daylight
Time (0900 UT).

Although the dominant color of a lunar eclipse is red,
sometimes another hue appears--turquoise. Earth's
shadow has a turquoise-colored fringe caused by our
planet's ozone layer, and this can be seen for a few
beautiful moments at the onset of totality. Today's edition
of spaceweather.com shows you what the turquoise
fringe looks like and explains how to catch it.

Also, amateur astronomers are encouraged to assist
NASA during the eclipse by scanning the darkened Moon for
explosions caused by Helion meteoroid impacts.
Typical flashes reach 6th magnitude--easy targets for
mid-sized backyard telescopes equipped with digital video
cameras. The eclipse is a great time to look for these
"lunar meteors." Observing tips and more information
are available at //spaceweather.com.

08/27/2007 03:27:43 PM · #8
Originally posted by NstiG8tr:

I've been waiting for this. I'm hoping to get some shots like the ones on this page. Also there is some helpful info on there about exposure times etc.

Wow, that 'total eclipse over Maui' photo is great. I hope the sky is clear tonight, I'll try to shoot something.
08/27/2007 08:12:00 PM · #9
This may help also //shadowandsubstance.com/
Spacewweather.com also talks about the turquiose that appears around the rim just before and after totality.
08/27/2007 08:38:14 PM · #10
Is it worth me taking photos of the lunar eclipse. I dont have a telephoto lens but was hoping to still get some nice night shots with the red moon as part of the photo. I am wondering if you will notice it at all with my normal lens.
I was planning to take my tripod and using full zoom. I have taken photos like this before but they weren't that good (though the moon was big enough) but that was my fault as I didn't have a remote shutter control. Was planning on using the time delay this time.

Message edited by author 2007-08-27 20:40:03.
08/27/2007 09:03:03 PM · #11
Too bad! After weeks of fine weather and scorching heat, it is overcast today (already Tuesday, here in Japan!) and unlikely to clear until this evening!
Hope, all of you have better luck!
08/27/2007 09:04:30 PM · #12
Originally posted by Monique64:

Is it worth me taking photos of the lunar eclipse. I dont have a telephoto lens but was hoping to still get some nice night shots with the red moon as part of the photo. I am wondering if you will notice it at all with my normal lens.
I was planning to take my tripod and using full zoom. I have taken photos like this before but they weren't that good (though the moon was big enough) but that was my fault as I didn't have a remote shutter control. Was planning on using the time delay this time.


I'm shooting the eclipse with my widest lens. I'm aiming for a composition (assembled) like this:

APOD

Go for it!
08/27/2007 09:20:27 PM · #13
It is freakin overcast here in CO at the time also....but I am watching the weather for a clearing, to decide if I am going to make an hour+ drive to my first idea for a shoot. Otherwise may just try to find something more local to shoot from and wait. Hell....there is 4 hours of it right?
The timelapse stuff is cool, but I would have to figure out the timing on it (starting from the FULL eclipse time).
08/27/2007 09:30:54 PM · #14
Going to be crystal clear tonight, but do I want to be up from 2:00AM to 3:30AM?

Here's a question, does anybody know how many pixels the moon takes up at 180mm on a 5D? I have some nice eclipse shots from the eclipse two or years ago, but might consider shooting it again if the enlargement factor is quite a bit better.
08/27/2007 09:39:38 PM · #15
Doc, see the table about half way down this page.
08/27/2007 09:42:14 PM · #16
Originally posted by strangeghost:

Doc, see the table about half way down this page.


Funny, I used that site last time I shot. However, I'll have to do some math to figure what 1.8mm on a 35mm negative equates to in pixels.
08/27/2007 10:01:11 PM · #17
Seems nice and clear in our neck of the woods, but I can't imagine staying up that late or getting up that early. I shot this a couple years ago, and I figure that once you've shot one eclipse, you've pretty much shot 'em all :)

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08/27/2007 10:14:58 PM · #18
Originally posted by DrAchoo:

Originally posted by strangeghost:

Doc, see the table about half way down this page.


Funny, I used that site last time I shot. However, I'll have to do some math to figure what 1.8mm on a 35mm negative equates to in pixels.

Seems like it would be about 5% of the total number of pixels available.
08/28/2007 01:01:49 AM · #19
Originally posted by alanfreed:

Seems nice and clear in our neck of the woods, but I can't imagine staying up that late or getting up that early. I shot this a couple years ago, and I figure that once you've shot one eclipse, you've pretty much shot 'em all :)

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Hey, how come when you were shooting it, it went in a horseshoe? Mine only went in a straight line...

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08/28/2007 01:05:09 AM · #20
Originally posted by alanfreed:

Seems nice and clear in our neck of the woods, but I can't imagine staying up that late or getting up that early. I shot this a couple years ago, and I figure that once you've shot one eclipse, you've pretty much shot 'em all :)



Just wait until you see a total solar eclipse, then you'll realise the difference :)
08/28/2007 01:28:42 AM · #21
I plan on going as of right this minute. That could change though based on how tired I get waiting til 330. Still clear here and should remain that way.
08/28/2007 01:36:58 AM · #22
Sorry guys...didn't know this thread was out there.Still, I can't wait to see all your great shots!
08/28/2007 01:38:50 AM · #23
Can someone help me? I am time challenged...LOL

What time in Guam would I be able to see this or have I already missed it???

It is 3:30pm on Tuesday here.......10:30pm on the West Coast on Monday right now.

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08/28/2007 01:59:38 AM · #24
Went out and made a quick example image, detailed explanation in photographers comment section. Hope I didn't miss any steps, if I did, sorry!

Good luck and have fun everyone.

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08/28/2007 02:05:01 AM · #25
Originally posted by GeneralE:

Looks like the Bay Area's marine layer is back after the recent heat wave, and it's likely to be overcast. :-(


Fogged out as of 11:00pm where I live.
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