I had been waiting
for this eclipse for quite sometime. My goal was to purchase a nice
telescope and equipment to photograph the event and other such
events. With the purchase of an 8inch
spring and a digital camera (Canon Powershot) for christmas I was
almost all set. My next purchase was a Steadypix
to put my digital camera right up to the eyepiece.
Lunar Eclipses are
quite nice from city limits. So I had to decide whether to see the
event from Houston, Texas or go out to dark skies. The full moon washes out many stars.
During a lunar eclipse, if it gets dark enough, more stars are seen.
With this in mind a plan was formulated to venture out into the
country-side to see the eclipse from dark skies. By the time we
arrived to our location the eclipse had already began. The setup was
across from a windmill near Columbus, Texas.
Color was seen
early in the eclipse and through binoculars a blue/purple color was
observed, which was quite impressive. The shadow continued across
the moon and the moon grew darker and darker until it was immersed
in a dark red color. It was so much darker than other lunar eclipses
I'd viewed. The Summer Milky Way, through Cygnus, was easily
viewable and quite stunning, once the moon was totally eclipsed. It
was hard to keep my eyes from drifting back and forth from the
eclipsed moon to the Milky Way behind me. STUNNING!!!!
The views through
my telescope were wonderfully crisp and full of color. The plan was
to watch until 11pm. However, the show was just to good and that
time was pushed back quite a bit. While watching the moon emerging from
the shadow, greens and blues could be seen.
It was the best
Total Lunar Eclipse I'd ever seen! I got home and downloaded images
from my digicam and was quite pleased with the results:) Since then
I've used my Steadypix
to photograph sunspots (note:
this can be dangerous if not practiced properly see my solar page
for more information).
But that's another story. ;)
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