Lunar Eclipse, February 20, 2008

This total lunar eclipse happened between sunset and about 10 PM, MST. Weather conditions were not ideal, with some thin clouds dimming the view slightly. Fortunately, heavy clouds just before the eclipse broke up at the last minute.

A short video sequence of the first half of the eclipse is here (145 KB).

All the images below were made using an unguided Canon 300D and a 500mm Maksutov lens.

UT 01:48
UT 01:48, partial phase. 1/30 second exposure at ISO 100.
UT 02:06
UT 02:06, partial phase. 1/40 second exposure at ISO 100.
UT 02:11
UT 02:11, partial phase. 1/40 second exposure at ISO 100.
UT 02:25
UT 02:25, partial phase. 1/10 second exposure at ISO 100.
UT 02:55
UT 02:55, totality about to begin. 1/2 second exposure at ISO 800.
UT 03:21
UT 03:21, total phase. 1/2 second exposure at ISO 800.

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