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Thursday, February 21st, 2008
So tonight is the full Lunar Eclipse. I didn't get to see the start of it as it was already rising in eclipse, but I did get to see it go into totality.
 
It was just rising over the trees when I was able to get a shot of it in totality. I didn't spend any time shooting the back half as I was busy taking advantage of the clear night to learn more about the Sirius mount. I also took advantage of the dark moon as it was the clearest darkest sky we've had here in quite some time so I shot M42 during totality.
 
Lunar Eclipse Totality
Scope: Celestron 102mm Achromat Refractor @ f/5
Mount: Orion Sirius EQ-G with GoTo
Camera: Canon EOS 350 Digital Rebel XT (unmodified)
Special Settings: None
ISO: 1600
Exposure: 1 second
Processing Software: Acquired in Nebulosity, Levels and Curves in Photoshop
See Gallery below for image
 
M42/Runing Man
Scope: Celestron 102mm Achromat Refractor @ f/5
Mount: Orion Sirius EQ-G with GoTo
Camera: Canon EOS 350 Digital Rebel XT (unmodified)
Special Settings: None
ISO: 1600
Exposure: 41 minutes 40 seconds - 91 frames ranging from 4 seconds to 30 seconds 
Processing Software: Acquired in Nebulosity, Stacked in Deep Sky Stacker, Levels and Curves in Photoshop
See Gallery below for image
 
 
After I shot the images I spent some time experimenting with the V-Block filter on the achromat. Next clear sky (that's at least relatively dark) I'll actually try to image an object with the V-Block filter in place.


Image Gallery For This Session
Lunar Eclipse lg M42 41m 40s lg
   

Lunar_Eclipse-lg.jpg
Click picture above for larger version
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