• 12-20-2010
    Moe Ped
    Lunar eclipse is starting...
    ...and the clouds are parting!

    Anybody got a good camera set up?

    (A lunar eclipse on the winter solstice is supposedly very rare!)
  • 12-20-2010
    shredchic
    Wow! Thanks, I went out just now and can see the moon shadowed just on a corner. It's pretty clear on the coast. :) Wish I had a camera that could capture it.
  • 12-20-2010
    Bro
    Wouldn't you know it. The fog is still hanging all around Pacifica. Woo-de-freakin-hoo.

    NASA is streaming it on their website, yes?
  • 12-21-2010
    Berkeley Mike
    1 Attachment(s)
    A Photo
    Sorry I don't have a longer lens
  • 12-21-2010
    fc
    1 Attachment(s)
    photo
  • 12-21-2010
    Bent Wheel
    Damn, wouldn't ya know it, it's raining here. Please take pix, Thank you.
  • 12-21-2010
    Moe Ped
    1 Attachment(s)
    Point and shoot...
    ...at 3x zoom doesn't do justice, thankfully Photoshop brings out an image:
    Attachment 586614
    This shot was taken through some cloud cover, at totality it had cleared up but w/o a tripod it was to dark to get an image that wasn't blurred.
  • 12-21-2010
    tsimbu
    Here's a couple
    In the beginning I didn't have a tripod or know what setting to change.



    Then I started playing around with settings.



    Then I found my tripod and discovered digital zoom.



    Then I really started dialing in the settings.





    And finally found some other auto setting to get shots like these.



    Full album here.
  • 12-21-2010
    Moe Ped
    Great work...!
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by tsimbu
    In the beginning I didn't have a tripod or know what setting to change.




    And finally found some other auto setting to get shots like these.



    Full album here.

    What kind of camera do you have?---better than some telescopes I've seen!
  • 12-21-2010
    tsimbu
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by pliebenberg
    What kind of camera do you have?---better than some telescopes I've seen!

    Olympus SP-560UZ - Wife got it for me on some open box deal.
    The 18X optical zoom helps a lot!

  • 12-21-2010
    Jack Burns
    We have been watching it with binoculars and it is awesome. No photos from us. Somehow I knew mtbr would have it covered! Nice photos. We should have gone on a night ride, but you now it is kind of muddy out there....The moon looked like a tangerine.
  • 12-21-2010
    ratpick
    If you're still up and want to see the end of the eclipse (and have cloud/rain), there's a webcast here.
  • 12-21-2010
    ratpick
    I tried a few different cameras and lenses. My 70-200 gave the best but I wasn't able to get the tripod to let me orient the camera directly up.. bummer. Long exposure/low ISO shots would have been fantastic.

    First shot
    <table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/OviTn5NAAVVkJvRl34NfrTj0-g6E3u-OKH6uiCs86C4?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh5.ggpht.com/_AAWYXSJV_TI/TRBteoDWIXI/AAAAAAAAf0I/Q8Zjbqku3h4/s800/IMG_20101220_6809.JPG" height="574" width="693" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/patrick.herlihy/2010_12_20SolsticeLunarEclipse?authkey=Gv1sRgCOKDg 53Np_P9kAE&feat=embedwebsite">2010_12_20 Solstice Lunar Eclipse</a></td></tr></table>

    1/3
    <table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/mKX8fYy0h-KqzrR8ReVU6jj0-g6E3u-OKH6uiCs86C4?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh3.ggpht.com/_AAWYXSJV_TI/TRBteN9abLI/AAAAAAAAfz4/kDo3Xr-hJNc/s800/IMG_20101220_6826.JPG" height="579" width="616" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/patrick.herlihy/2010_12_20SolsticeLunarEclipse?authkey=Gv1sRgCOKDg 53Np_P9kAE&feat=embedwebsite">2010_12_20 Solstice Lunar Eclipse</a></td></tr></table>

    This is my favorite
    <table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/1MF-CmJfqJCUNd0b0P08vjj0-g6E3u-OKH6uiCs86C4?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh4.ggpht.com/_AAWYXSJV_TI/TRBtepaJAUI/AAAAAAAAf0Q/_QtMvJKldLw/s800/IMG_20101220_6876.JPG" height="603" width="800" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/patrick.herlihy/2010_12_20SolsticeLunarEclipse?authkey=Gv1sRgCOKDg 53Np_P9kAE&feat=embedwebsite">2010_12_20 Solstice Lunar Eclipse</a></td></tr></table>

    Totality
    <table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/Vzd1WqrebKNd5QdE2rx0djj0-g6E3u-OKH6uiCs86C4?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh3.ggpht.com/_AAWYXSJV_TI/TRBte5vrZAI/AAAAAAAAf0Y/Micaw2zwJDk/s800/IMG_20101220_6909.JPG" height="672" width="800" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/patrick.herlihy/2010_12_20SolsticeLunarEclipse?authkey=Gv1sRgCOKDg 53Np_P9kAE&feat=embedwebsite">2010_12_20 Solstice Lunar Eclipse</a></td></tr></table>
  • 12-21-2010
    Tank Girl
    YAY and thank you!!! Had to cancel my night ride but made it to the Robert Ferguson Observatory up in Sugarloaf. Only saw snippets of the onset, missed all of totality because of clouds and rain, but when I finally left, the clouds suddenly broke and I got to see it just like in Ratpick's favorite image...too cool:thumbsup:...and there was much rejoicing!!!!!
  • 12-21-2010
    mtbne1
    Great Pics!......Thanks everyone for capturing the eclipse while I was ten-toes-up :D
  • 12-21-2010
    presslab
    Oh man, I forgot about the observatory! Anyway here is a pic from my backyard just down the road in Santa Rosa.

  • 12-21-2010
    presslab
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by ratpick
    My 70-200 gave the best but I wasn't able to get the tripod to let me orient the camera directly up.. bummer.

    I had that exact problem too! I then remembered I had a cheapo mini tripod that worked a treat once I put it on the lawn furniture. :D
  • 12-21-2010
    Carl Hungus
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by presslab
    Oh man, I forgot about the observatory! Anyway here is a pic from my backyard just down the road in Santa Rosa.


    Nice work Presslab. Good chit!
  • 12-21-2010
    nachomc
    I tried, but used too slow a shutter speed and the edges got blurred on my attempts :\
  • 12-21-2010
    fc
    It was kind of interesting until it got fully covered. Then instead of disappearing, it became a shaded orange ball. It was awesome for about 10 seconds. Then the clouds came in.

    fc
  • 12-21-2010
    Berkeley Mike
    Nice shot Presslab!
    Thanks for covering this
  • 12-21-2010
    scheckler
    Yes, the clouds
    got in the way here in Santa Cruz also but thanks to all who posted photos :thumbsup: I read that there will be two more lunar eclipses in 2011; June and December...
  • 12-21-2010
    Berkeley Mike
    1 Attachment(s)
    This from Darkslide in Passion
    He has a Celestron and used a bit of Photoshop to great effect. Nice job!
  • 12-21-2010
    Bent Wheel
    Nice work peeps, Thanx for the pix, I didn't get to see any of it because of rain.
  • 12-21-2010
    shredchic
    Wow, thanks for that close up... you can see Willzyx. :p
  • 12-21-2010
    GuruAtma
    Here's a timelapse I got from Gizmodo:

    <iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/18046748" width="400" height="225" frameborder="0"></iframe><p><a href="http://vimeo.com/18046748">Winter Solstice Lunar Eclipse</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/user1706723">William Castleman</a> on <a href="http://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p>
  • 12-21-2010
    Berkeley Mike
    Why is it red?
    I felt silly when I realized the explaination:

    "the moon turned red as the moon entered the Earth's shadow. The reason is the same reason as why the sky is blue. The little bit of sunlight that reaches the moon is actually deflected by the earth's atmosphere. So the little bit of light that reaches the moon, is the red light that came through, and the blue light is thrown out, red and blue are opposites of course," explains MSU Solar Physics Researcher Pete Martens."

    So, it is basically the same as sunset. :rolleyes:
  • 01-05-2011
    ElHombre
    how about a solar eclipse
    ... well, at least a partial one. Didn't last too long (clouds) but I was able to generate some photographic evidence, on an airport...

    <p align="center"><img border="2" src=" https://californication.mtbguru.com/pics/Various/PartialSolarEclipse.jpg"></img>
    </p>
  • 01-05-2011
    Tank Girl
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by ElHombre
    ... well, at least a partial one. Didn't last too long (clouds) but I was able to generate some photographic evidence, on an airport...

    <p align="center"><img border="2" src=" https://californication.mtbguru.com/pics/Various/PartialSolarEclipse.jpg"></img>
    </p>

    That is so cool! How often does anyone get to see something as stellar as that?...(I know it's a groaner of a pun)

    I saw a pic of it posted at www.spaceweather.com which was taken in The Netherlands and was gonna check the international forums when I got home to see what people caught. Which country were you in?
  • 01-06-2011
    ElHombre
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Tank Girl
    That is so cool! How often does anyone get to see something as stellar as that?...(I know it's a groaner of a pun)

    I saw a pic of it posted at www.spaceweather.com which was taken in The Netherlands and was gonna check the international forums when I got home to see what people caught. Which country were you in?

    Not too far off; I was in Belgium. There was only a narrow strip on the planet from which this was visible; watching a crescent sunrise was definitely something special.

    Here's a cool shot, taken at the port of Antwerp (not by me, but by Roel Goris):

    <p align="center"><img border="2" src=" https://californication.mtbguru.com/pics/Various/zonsverduistering.jpg"></img>
    </p>
  • 01-06-2011
    Tank Girl
    That shot is beautiful.

    Went to see your shots on the blog and have to say the one you took of the dunes in DV is amazing. I really love it down there and usually go at least a couple times a year.

    I'm planning a trip for my MTB group down there this year. We're going to hit Bootleg Canyon and ride the valley by day and do some astronomy by night, I so can't wait!

    Thanks again for the great shots, so glad you actually got to see them in person:D