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Uncle Pete

« on: October 07, 2014, 06:58 »
Enter your location in the link above and it will tell you the time, direction and inclination of the Moon. (where to look) Basically, just before Sunrise, in the USA.


This total lunar eclipse will occur on October 8, 2014. It will be visible from North America, parts of Australia, China and Japan. Parts of South Asia, and Eastern Europe will see a partial eclipse. The penumbral phase of the eclipse will begin at 8:17 AM (08:17) UTC on October 8, 2014 and the eclipse will end at 1:32 PM (13:32) UTC the same day. The Moon will be totally eclipsed (totality) for about 58 minutes.

This will also be a good time to see the Draconid meteor shower, which is expected to peak on October 8-9, 2014.

If you want a starting setting for a photo, this is Full Moon basic, adjust from here. 1/640 - f/5.6 - ISO 100 (which I think will be a bit over exposed, but adjust from test shots, it's a Blood Moon eclipse and will get darker)

For stills, 200-300mm minimum or you get a dot in the sky.


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« Reply #1 on: October 07, 2014, 07:31 »
Yeah I posted about this over on SS the thing is that here EST it will only be visible for about 10 minutes before the sun comes up and poof!

Uncle Pete

« Reply #2 on: October 07, 2014, 07:58 »
That's what I was figuring. I've done some time-lapse, (with film of all things) click the shutter every 5 seconds. Since this event will be shorter I can do a much tighter sequence and higher frame rate.

The other issue with a slow eclipse, Sun or Moon, is the movement in the sky. Objects pan across the frame.

If I can get out there early and the lens isn't fogged over with humidity, (and I have a usb fan and power pack now) I should be able to get a good test image, and then get the Moon until the Sun makes the background too bright. But don't forget a full Moon in the daylight is still brighter than the blue sky.

Also the Sun is in the East and the Moon will be in the West. Not direct interference.

I'm trying to find the Draconids now and see if the Moon will be a problem for that? Yeah, it's not worth the effort.

Still working on Meteor showers in 2014. Orionids 10-20 per hour, Midnight to dawn on October 21. In 2014, the waning crescent moon shouldnt too greatly interfere with this years Leonid meteor shower. The peak morning will probably be November 18 but try November 17, too.

For anyone who doesn't follow these events, it's pretty easy. The name is the radiant point, so look at that constellation, after Midnight - maybe 2AM is even better, for the best viewing. Example: Orionids, look towards Orion for the most activity.

Yeah I posted about this over on SS the thing is that here EST it will only be visible for about 10 minutes before the sun comes up and poof!


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