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Total lunar eclipse


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About this observation
Alex Pratt
Time of observation
21/01/2019 - 05:17
Total lunar eclipse
Observing location
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Canon EOS 500D DSLR
Tamron 70-300mm lens (at 70mm f/4)
ISO 800
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I got up at 3am and could see the Full Moon through the blanket of cloud, so I was hopeful of seeing some of the total eclipse. I dozed until 4am then breaks in the cloud allowed me to view its progress through my 7x50 bins.

By 04:30 the sky was clearing from the NW. From around 05:00 until after 06:00 I took numerous shots of the eclipsed Moon using my DSLR and telephoto lens on a static tripod. The attached pic was taken shortly after mid-eclipse, with Castor and Pollux at upper right.

Through the early hours it was fascinating to see the Moon align up with these bright stars in Gem and to see our Full Moon hanging in a field of stars. The  binoculars gave a nice view of the colour changes as the Moon passed through the Earth's shadow. Because it wasn't a central eclipse the N limb was notably bright and this added to the 3-D effect, making our satellite look like a coloured ball floating in space.

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