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Lunar eclipse 9/27/2015 composite SE Michigan

 
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Sep 28, 2015 00:15 |  #1

This is my 1st composite of the night, taken on fixed tripod, these are 2 minutes apart, 10:44pm - 11:06pm.
Canon 70D, 70-200mm L @ f2.8, ISO 3200, 1/15 sec each.
The faint "dots" are stars that showed up in the capture.
Hartland, Michigan, USA.

IMAGE: https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-sqG4CtaBpkI/Vgi8-_wsBmI/AAAAAAAAXMk/bLZ4EvTz0bA/s1280-Ic42/StarStaX_IMG_1104-IMG_1129_lighten%2525202min.jpg

This is my 2nd composite of the night, taken on fixed tripod, these are 2 minutes apart, 11:10pm - 11:34pm.
Image is taken as leaving totality, so you can see the transition.
Canon 70D, 70-200mm L @ f2.8, ISO 800, 1/8 sec each.

IMAGE: https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-YSLYD_Yfvl8/VgjKpJvL4HI/AAAAAAAAXNE/Po_wcM_oG4U/s1280-Ic42/StarStaX_IMG_1130-IMG_1154_lighten%2525202min%252520leaving.jpg

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Sep 28, 2015 00:21 |  #2

Nice work!!!


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Sep 28, 2015 00:24 |  #3

Really nice! I got lucky and they sky mostly cleared after moonrise so I got shots from start to finish then it clouded back up again.


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Sep 28, 2015 00:32 |  #4

very very cleaver ! and I like it tooo!


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Sep 28, 2015 00:41 |  #5

Pretty cool!




  
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Sep 28, 2015 08:52 |  #6

Great composition!

I would have perhaps taken some of the stars away so that part would have looked a but more natural, but overall great work!

We got lucky here in SW Miiiichigan as the clouds cleared just before it started and came right back in when it was a 100% covered...


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Sep 28, 2015 12:07 |  #7

AlwynKS wrote in post #17724706 (external link)
Great composition!

I would have perhaps taken some of the stars away so that part would have looked a but more natural, but overall great work!

We got lucky here in SW Miiiichigan as the clouds cleared just before it started and came right back in when it was a 100% covered...


Actually I'm thinking the opposite......hear my thoughts out and give me feedback ...

I think it would be totally cool to see a clear defined starfield around the eclipse, so I'd use my iOptron EQ tracker like this:

a) mount to tripod, have turned off to capture the transition shots
b) once full eclipse, turn on and then track to get starfield with fixed stars, 4-5 second exposure, maybe more would trial/error on a new moon night for the appropriate settings to use
c) combine that onto the composite for a true neat image (some PP maybe to remove the overblown full eclipse moon of the EQ taken shot)

That adds some complexity to taking the images, but it's doable.
I would still categorize that as a composite "true" shot, not "art".


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Sep 28, 2015 23:05 |  #8

Excellent work. Nicely done.


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Sep 29, 2015 12:57 |  #9

Very Nice composition!


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Sep 30, 2015 18:23 |  #10

Great shots! I got lucky too. The sky cleared just as the moon was 1/2 eclipsed and stayed clear until after it was over before clouding up again. I wish my gear/knowlege allowed shots like this.




  
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Oct 27, 2015 04:39 |  #11

Finally got around to making a video clip of the images.


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