Sky cleared (temporarily) for a view of total lunar eclipse

December 11, 2011 | By | Add a Comment
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The sky cleared temporarily for me to look at the total lunar eclipse. Through my 70mm binoculars, the Moon was a lovely coppery colour. The cloud prevented me attempting astrophotography using my telescope (no time to do polar alignment) but I managed to get a couple of images using a 300mm zoom lens and a DSLR.

11 December 2011 Total Lunar Eclipse. Image copyright Paul Floyd 2011.

I zoomed the lens out to get the Hyades open cluster in the same image as the Moon. Unfortunately, the Moon had to be over-exposed to capture the fainter stars of the Hyades.

11 December 2011 Total Lunar Eclipse. Image copyright Paul Floyd 2011.

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This website is maintained by Paul Floyd. I am an amateur astronomer (and school teacher) with 25 years experience (as at 2015) in running a range of education and public astronomy outreach activities. As of January 2015, I have been providing astronomy information via the WWW for eighteen years.