I decided to film the lunar eclipse from Pine Mountain, GA at the
last minute after recieving guidance from my friendly neighborhood
meteorologist Randy. The primary site was clouded over and the
forecast wasn't good. The sky was gorgeous in SW Georgia when it
started with the bright full moon slowly being swallowed by the blue Earth
light, then the red and finally it was in totality. The background
stars suddenly lit up and it was like there was no moon at all. This
process took about 90 minutes to go from full moon to totality.. It
was awesome to watch.
Here are some still images from the Canon 7D.
further down are the closeups from the DMK41 and telescope
click the image for the full size version in a new window.
The below photos were taken during the breaks in the overcast that occured
right at totality.
The Orion constellation and the Pleaides were easy to see at totality along
with Sirius and several other background stars that were previously
invisible before the event. The Milky Way was stretched out on either
side of the Moon and ran from horizon to horizon. It was an incredible
site that I will never forget. I only wish some of my dear friends
that have passed in recent years were there to watch it with me.
I used an AstroPhysics Mach One GTO
mount to guide the camera using a Tamron F2.8/75mm-200mm lens in manual
mode/RAW format during the shooting of the time lapse and the stills.
I also used a Celestron CGEM mount with an Explore Scientific 127mm APO, a
Meade 80mm APO and an Imaging Source DMK41 camera mounted on it for the
closeup shots below. Thanks
for viewing and I hope you enjoy these..
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