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New Year's Eve Partial Lunar Eclipse

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« Reply #15 on: December 31, 2009, 09:00:32 pm »

Missed it myself, thanks for that brian nice shot showing the eclipse there.
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« Reply #16 on: December 31, 2009, 10:38:55 pm »

Nice image Brian!

Got a shot myself...

http://www.nightskyhunter.com/images/LONEOS%20ECLIPSE-2.jpg
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« Reply #17 on: December 31, 2009, 10:57:36 pm »

Hi i managed to image tonights partial eclipse.
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« Reply #18 on: January 01, 2010, 12:44:59 pm »

Nice captures guys!  Cool

I managed to get a nice view of the event myself along with various family members.  During the early stages we were treated with a nice 22deg halo around the moon, followed by a great corona as cloud thickened.  Then, just before the partial phase the clouds completely cleared.  We were observing with the ETX90 and a 40mm eyepiece and my 50mm Stellarvue finder with 24mm panoptic in it giving 8-9x magnification.  The moon was barely above the rooftops around 19.00ut and poor seeing was making the view in the ETX90 shimmer and shake.  By far the best view was through the finder which showed alot more contrast than the ETX90 - this, initially, was a bit of a paradox for the others - the smaller scope giving the better view?  Once explained the answer was fairly obvious though...  Once the partial phase was over, roughly 20.00ut it was time to pack up and head off to the local for the new year celebrations, here the eclipse conversation continued and standard pub props - pints, peanuts and shortglasses, were used to illustrate the geometry involved in the eclipse.  In addition en route to the pub I pointed Mars out to everybody, glowing bright orange, folk were keen at some point to take a look at Mars through the scope which is good!

All in all an excellent night!  Happy new year everybody!  Grin
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« Reply #19 on: January 01, 2010, 12:48:52 pm »

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By far the best view was through the finder which showed alot more contrast than the ETX90
Less magnification per inch, brighter image, more apparent contrast. Size isn't everything!

Great report, sounds like you had a good night ... any converts?
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« Reply #20 on: January 01, 2010, 01:09:39 pm »

Great report, sounds like you had a good night ... any converts?

Well one of my mates who was round has an 'ickle' scope - 60-70mm I think, and he was completely impressed with the views through the stellarvue finder and also the fact it was smaller than his scope.  He said he was going to get his scope out and dust it down, so hopefully he'll make a bit more use of it than he has done.
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« Reply #21 on: January 01, 2010, 02:32:55 pm »

Good captures - it  still looked good here at 0800 - I think it was about that time .
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« Reply #22 on: January 01, 2010, 03:08:49 pm »

That's a great report Mark, sounds like a memorable night, nice job with the astro explanation in the pub, I would loved to have been there to see that - great stuff  Smiley
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« Reply #23 on: January 01, 2010, 03:31:02 pm »

Eclipses during 2010 from Sky & Telescope...

http://www.skyandtelescope.com/observing/objects/eclipses/80386602.html
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« Reply #24 on: January 01, 2010, 09:20:53 pm »


Clouds cleared just in time to get a few images  ;

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« Reply #25 on: January 02, 2010, 12:39:12 am »

That's an excellent image Mark, great exposure and crisp focus - nice one!
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« Reply #26 on: January 02, 2010, 02:04:27 am »

Excellent picture Mark, what setup did you use?  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #27 on: January 02, 2010, 09:25:13 pm »

Thanks Martin and Mark I used a Nikon D80 and a William Optics ZS 80mm, used alot of different exposurers at iso 100 just got luckey with this image  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #28 on: January 02, 2010, 09:32:30 pm »

Some very good shots there!  Smiley
mark c, it is the same good, but may you get it cropped, please.  Roll Eyes

This is another eclsipse (after one in Feb.09) that I have nearly missed (ok, if honest) completely missed.
Solid overcast until 20:30UT, some thinner clouds since 20:30UT and until the end of the eclipse. It was 100% cloudy, snowing nearly all the time (yes, even when I was standing outside and capturing some snapshots, it was snowing too).  Sad
On the some very short moments (not more than 20 sec) there was a bright round spot (I guess it was Moon) shining through the clouds. Here is the best of what I've got:

(20:50 UT, through thick clouds and during snowfall)

Well, this was only one of 6 lunar eclipses in recent years when I had no piece of clear skies at all. Always hope it will be better next time.
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