Lunar Eclipse – 2008

Partial Lunar eclipse - 20th February 2008

The above photograph is that of the partial lunar eclipse which occurred before the full eclipse on February 20th, 2008 . The photograph was taken at 21:59 from St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago. To get this photo I had to place my head at an angle that no sane human would place his head or her head while outdoors at that hour and alone.

Full Lunar eclipse - 20th February 2008

The full lunar eclipse is even more specular once the exposure is right and the sleep isn’t too great.

15 thoughts on “Lunar Eclipse – 2008

  1. Very nice photos – I saw the eclipse forward progress – the moon surrounded by one stubborn small cloud, before it rose too high and over my building for me to see the shadow recede.
    I too craned my neck, and got wet…but no equipment for such photos.

  2. Thanks Chennette. It seems you would need a Pentax K10, K20 or even a K200 and a raincoat next time 🙂 In addition, a simple 200mm lens would work wonders for moon shots and beach voyeur photos 🙂

  3. yeah, a raincoat 😀 who would have thought…
    as for the 200mm lens, I cannot buy any lenses until I spend more time with the camera, and now I have to buy a new computer. Just when I’m trying to be thrifty.

  4. Thanks! This was my first successful attempt at some astronomy photos. I should have blown up the moon a little more in these low-res shots – the originals are slightly larger but in 300 dpi.

    Trinidaddreamscape has a point about the dynamic range, but in my case, that was intentional. I bumped up the contrast to exaggerate the shadow vs. light.

    I’m really digging your red tones. Very accurate.

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