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06-14-2011, 04:18 PM   #1
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Total Lunar Eclipse June 15/16

For those outside of the US, there is a total lunar eclipse tonight or tomorrow morning depending where you are. For NZ, it starts 6.22am NZST tomorrow morning (June 16) and the moons sets in eclipse around 7.45am NZST. As large parts of the southern hemisphere are veiled in volcanic ash, the total phase could be darker than usual.
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Sounds like unique opp. for you pix,obviously dont want to see anyone hurt
or suffer property loss as a result of volcanic event.Curious about how that
will play out photographically.Think back to when our Mt.St.Helen blew its
top here in 1980,summer of exagerated colors at sun rise and set with all the ash
in the air.Thinking about lunar event at that time of day,sure seems like
something special might be seen.
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hi I am in East Africa in the full path. I have a 70-300 lens and tripod, I can get somewhere very dark, any thoughts on settings? thanks
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We have been getting some rather colourful sunrises/sets of late. Civil Aviation Authorities down this neck of the woods seem to be erring on the side of caution re the Iceland experience. NZ flights are still going though planes are flying at lower altitudes than normal and the Aussies seem a bit panicked as most of their operators have cancelled all flights. This volcano is over 8000km from here and the ash has travelled eastwards around the globe to get here rather than the direct route. This is not, for us, in the same league as the Iceland volcanoes - I'm not aware that the ash will cause us any significent problem. Earthquakes are more of a problem at the moment. NZ is about far east as you would want to get; we get to the total stage and then moonset. Would have to go to Western Australia and points further west to get all of it. However tomorrow morning I shall be down on the beach with a Nikon D200,Tammy 200-400mm, 1.7x converter in the hope there will be a colourful eclipse. Would have preferred to use my *ist DS but my wife has longer lenses. Cheers.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Ginny Quote
hi I am in East Africa in the full path. I have a 70-300 lens and tripod, I can get somewhere very dark, any thoughts on settings? thanks
Try ISO 200,1/250 @ f/11 for uneclipsed moon.
2 secs for moon partly in the umbra.
8 -30 secs for moon immersed in the umbra.
Altering the ISO upwards will allow you to use shorter shutter speeds.
These can only be a guide as atmospheric conditions can significently affect exposure. Personally I would put the camera in manual mode, auto exposure can be unreliable on the moon. In manual, you can also bracket as much as you like. Use your biggest card and shooting in RAW should make editing easier. Also switch off noise reduction, it could be disastrous at slow shutter speeds as it will effectively double your exposure time. Good luck.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Ginny Quote
thoughts on settings?
Hi Gin,might not be settings you have in mind but imagine a flash light/torch
covered with red filter would help in navigating other 'settings'
You folks have some 'creepy crawlers' over there that scares the 'bejeebers'out me,thought Id bring that up.
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just reading in the paper about this... they were quoting 4:30am'ish here... a bit early (and way to cold too) for me.
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Lunar Eclipse 16 June 2011 | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

Taken handheld with KX + DAL50-200, it is 5+am and 5 Deg Celcius, hand is freezing and shaking, but the KX handled it well.

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I ended getting up... my kids were interested in it so in the name of education I braved the elements (were hoping we could watch from inside the house but no windows afforded a good view).
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Taken handheld with KX + DAL50-200
Thats uncanny Hide, newspaper account here decribes color,no images with article,
whats shown in your pic matches whats described.NASA has some nice stuff
relating to penumbra and umbra that Pixlesaurus mentions and how it
relates to color shifts if your interested.
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This is how the moon looked like from Romania (was close to being covered). Orange-red.
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Nice StepOne. I missed the last 30min before totality due the cloud on the western horizon and dew forming on the lens. There is always the total luner eclipse Dec 10 this year to look forward to.

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Oh I missed it! I had no idea there was a lunar eclispse comin up.
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Some nice looking Pic's here.Heard the old saying about 'once in a blue moon'
but never here much about orange-red ones.

Heres a link to NASA site,enter location and data for area as it relates
to space station will be given.If you've never seen,its well worth it.Brightest
thing in sky besides sun and moon.

Human Space Flight (HSF) - Realtime Data
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Thats an interesting site BillM, I have encountered something similar back in Singapore during military service. One bright star (satellite or space station) that moved across the sky at high speed. At first I've thought it was a meteor but the brightness and movement proved other wise.
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