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    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!)
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    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.
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    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?
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    A Photo

    Sorry I don't have a longer lens
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    Damn, wouldn't ya know it, it's raining here. Please take pix, Thank you.
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    Point and shoot...

    ...at 3x zoom doesn't do justice, thankfully Photoshop brings out an image:
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    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.
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    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.



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    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!
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    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!

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    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.

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    If you're still up and want to see the end of the eclipse (and have cloud/rain), there's a webcast here.

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    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.

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    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...and there was much rejoicing!!!!!

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    Great Pics!......Thanks everyone for capturing the eclipse while I was ten-toes-up

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


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    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.

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    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!

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    I tried, but used too slow a shutter speed and the edges got blurred on my attempts :\
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    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.

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    Nice shot Presslab!

    Thanks for covering this

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    Yes, the clouds

    got in the way here in Santa Cruz also but thanks to all who posted photos I read that there will be two more lunar eclipses in 2011; June and December...
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    This from Darkslide in Passion

    He has a Celestron and used a bit of Photoshop to great effect. Nice job!
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    Nice work peeps, Thanx for the pix, I didn't get to see any of it because of rain.
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    Wow, thanks for that close up... you can see Willzyx.
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    Here's a timelapse I got from Gizmodo:

    from William Castleman on Vimeo.

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    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.

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    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...



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    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...


    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?

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    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):



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    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

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