View Full Version : Total Lunar Eclipse Tonight

Steve Wheeler
02-20-2008, 03:56 PM
The moon will appear red or a copper color from what I understand... Will be interesting if the weather cooperates here.

Great BPN discussion on "Shooting the Moon" here...


For continental U.S. time zones, the partial ecilpse begins the evening of Feb. 20.
8:43 p.m. EST
7:43 p.m. CST
6:43 p.m. MST
5:43 p.m. PST

For continental U.S. time zones, totality begins on the evening of Feb. 20.
10:01 p.m. EST
9:01 p.m. CST
8:01 p.m. MST
7:01 p.m. PST

For continental U.S. time zones, greatest eclipse occurs the evening of Feb. 20.
10:26 p.m. EST
9:26 p.m. CST
8:26 MST
7:26 PST

For continental U.S. time zones, the total eclipse ends the evening of Feb. 20.
10:51 p.m. EST
9:51 p.m. CST
8:51 p.m. MST
7:51 p.m. PST

Robert Amoruso
02-20-2008, 04:59 PM
Thanks Steve. Nice finding this here and now I don't have to look it up.

Steve Wheeler
02-20-2008, 05:10 PM
Hi Robert.... The weather here in Dallas is 'IFy' at best... 60% chance of rain.

Hope you have better luck where you are!

If I could just get a break in the clouds....


Bob Ettinger
02-20-2008, 06:20 PM

Thanks for the info. In the northeast we are looking at clouds:(

Robert Amoruso
02-20-2008, 06:26 PM
Steve and Bob,

Clouds moving in right now so I am not hopeful. I will let you all know.

Brandon Holden
02-20-2008, 06:31 PM
mostly clear skies and minus 14 C in Hamilton, ON... I'm very excited, as the last one in August was hazy and occured as the sun was rising!

Steve Wheeler
02-20-2008, 07:41 PM
Brandon... We wish you luck! Up to 70% chance of rain here in Big D and the weatherman just said if you want to see the moon tonight you'll probably have to leave the state... :-(


john crookes
02-20-2008, 07:51 PM
Looks ok here in the northeast right now we have clouds to the north and clouds to the south keeping all fingerscrossed will post if it holds up

Chris Ober
02-20-2008, 09:20 PM
Rainy and nasty in the Houston area.

Axel Hildebrandt
02-20-2008, 09:41 PM
Clear sky in Western Massachusetts, keeping my fingers crossed that it stays that way.

David Kennedy
02-20-2008, 10:20 PM
Nice and clear and we can see it....but can't photograph it for spit!!! It's a deep red and you need to add a lot of light--light that I don't have to spare, at least!

Mark Adkins
02-20-2008, 10:38 PM
Clear here in Minnesota but -10 F. Frozen fingers. Tough light conditions. Throw everything out written about photographing the moon when it is covered by the sun's shadow!


Richard Kowalski
02-20-2008, 10:49 PM
Except everything that's been written about photographing it during total eclipses Mark!
I'm sure that was a typo, but it's the Earth's shadow.

Roman Kurywczak
02-20-2008, 11:03 PM
Can't believe with all the light pollution I pulled it off. No crop with the Mark3 and the Sigma 300-800 and the 2x tele for 1600mm. ISO 6400 at f11 for 0.4 sec. High ISO custom function on. Noise Ninja on Sky
Thanks Steve!:D
Welcome to the night all,

Small Group Photo Tours
www.roaminwithroman.com (http://www.roaminwithroman.com)

Chris Ober
02-20-2008, 11:25 PM
Light pollution should have no effect on subjects like the Moon and planets except maybe Neptune and Pluto, (which I still consider a planet :) ) since they are bright enough and much nearer than galaxies, nebulae, clusters, etc...

Looks like you still got a little bit of shake in there. You could have got away with a lower ISO to stop some noise. It doesn't move that fast :) I have some from previous eclipses and some high magnification planetary stuff for a few seconds and all is good.

Anita Rakestraw
02-21-2008, 04:49 AM
Cool, Roman, thanks for posting! I was all set, had a sunny day, about 2 hrs. before the eclipse was to begin, the clouds came in and rapidly covered the sky.....sigh....maybe next time....

Robert Amoruso
02-21-2008, 07:41 AM
All clouds so never saw it. Bummer.

Axel Hildebrandt
02-21-2008, 08:23 AM
Is it only my impression that the moon was quite dark during the complete eclipse? Maybe I'm completely wrong but I remember it being much brighter and more orange during the last eclipse a couple of years ago. Is my memory playing tricks on me?

Steve Wheeler
02-21-2008, 08:43 AM
I didn't see it last time Axel.... And didn't see MUCH this time. Only very brief openings in the cloud cover here in <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">N</st1:City> <st1:State w:st="on">TX</st1:State></st1:place>. I'd never seen a red moon before... Pretty interesting...Very dark I agree... Didn't get any decent images. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p>
Way to go Roman! I'm happy someone had some success!<o:p></o:p>
Hopefully others will post their successes as well.<o:p></o:p>
We'll get another shot in 2010... That'll give me time to practice! ;-}<o:p></o:p>

Chris Ober
02-21-2008, 10:52 AM
The brightness and color will vary from eclipse to eclipse depending on atmospheric conditions.

Is it only my impression that the moon was quite dark during the complete eclipse? Maybe I'm completely wrong but I remember it being much brighter and more orange during the last eclipse a couple of years ago. Is my memory playing tricks on me?

David Kennedy
02-21-2008, 12:54 PM
We'll get another shot in 2010... That'll give me time to practice! ;-}

Or give us time to break down and buy a telescope.......but I don't wanna! :eek:

Dennis Huff
02-21-2008, 03:12 PM
Canon 40D and EF70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM with dinky tripod perched on a '92 Plymouth. :)
Used MLU with the slower shutter speeds and remote release. Images shot at 300mm and settings ranged from 1/400s f/11.0 iso200 to 1/5s f/6.3 iso1600
Nautilus shape for fun... Obviously not the Moon's original path! :)

Anita Rakestraw
02-21-2008, 03:41 PM
Envy, Dennis, envy!! (-:

Steve Wheeler
02-21-2008, 07:23 PM
That is VERY COOL Dennis! Very creative!


Maxis Gamez
02-21-2008, 07:24 PM
Love it Denis. Very creative!!

Dennis Huff
02-21-2008, 07:39 PM
Thanks everybody!

john crookes
02-21-2008, 08:03 PM
here is a photo of the moon from just west of Boston during the height of the eclipse

Nikon D3 effective focal length of 2000mm at f11 ISO 1100 and 0.7 shutter all manual exposure and focus

Steve Wheeler
02-21-2008, 08:23 PM
That is an awesome image John.