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11th of July 2007 (Wed), 17:30
On 28 Aug 2007 (USA date) there will be a total lunar eclipse, which leads me to ask: What is the best way to take photos of a lunar eclipse?
12th of July 2007 (Thu), 08:04
I have only shot one lunar eclipse (cloudy most of the times :( ), however its really not that hard. The best way is with a refractor telescope (in my opinon), to make it take up the whole photo.
Here I have two online photos of the lunar eclipse taken in 2004 with my 10D and a 1200mm telescope, the first photo is right before the full eclipse and then when mouse is placed over photo the full lunar eclipse shows. (http://johnbdigital.com/sunrise_set/2004_eclipse.htm)
I got to check if I can see that eclipse here in NY, Good Luck with it :)
13th of July 2007 (Fri), 06:38
The hardest thing about photographing a lunar eclipse is metering it properly.
Unless you have a very large lens, the moon won't fill enough of your viewfinder to enable you to meter from it directly. So it's generally advisable to use manual exposure settings. Normally the moon is being lit by the sun, so you can start from the sunny-16 rule (shutter speed = 1/ISO at f/16) and work from there. So for example ISO 100, 1/400th at f/8 complies with sunny-16 and should be close enough to get you in the right ball-park. You can bracket and/or chimp the histogram from there.
But during a full lunar eclipse, the moon is only being illuminated by light scattered through the earth's atmosphere. That is very variable from one eclipse to another, because it depends on things like the quantity of volcanic dust/ash in the atmosphere. If you can't spot-meter off the moon, you'll need to bracket like mad.
The MrEclipse.com (http://www.mreclipse.com/LEphoto/LEphoto.html) site has lots more information.
13th of July 2007 (Fri), 09:56
i thought luna eclipse was something about cleaning your sensor on the Moon ;)
i know lots use the eclipse cleaning fluid lol
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