View Full Version : Lunar Eclipse coming up (Feb 20th)

02-09-2008, 02:56 PM
Great time to get some cool eclipse shots with MW in the foreground!


If you take any, post them in this thread.


02-10-2008, 06:20 AM
I will be in NC but will have to see what I can get.

02-14-2008, 07:03 AM
Can't wait! Hope for clear skies and mild temps and wind. I'll post if I get anything.

happy trails :)

02-16-2008, 09:17 AM
I have not figured out where I want to be to take the pictures yet. the forecast for Weds in NC is mostly sunny.

02-19-2008, 09:43 PM
Just a reminder that the eclipse is tomorrow night. The moon was bright tonight in Portsmouth :)


02-20-2008, 06:03 AM
I have my spot figured out. Just need to keep the clouds away.

02-20-2008, 10:37 AM
Should be a good night weather wise. I will be at the top of Pico Mountain after a nice skin up. Anyone watching from any special locations???

Steve M
02-20-2008, 11:04 AM
We shall see how clear it is for us in Florida. Supposed to have clouds moving in late in the day but hopefully they will dissipate by then.

02-20-2008, 06:06 PM
I moved the lake camera to view the moon coming up. Plus, I changed the upload image interval to be every 30 seconds. things were going fine till the clouds started coming in. not sure what we will capture - maybe nothing.

The images go to

The camera itself is at http://longlake.homeip.net:8003

Here is one image as a sample.

02-20-2008, 06:09 PM
My target location is off the road at Lake Jordan just south of Chapel Hill, NC. There is a fishing pier looking out to the south and east over the lake.

Plus, I will be watching the web camera in Maine to see what is happening there.

Bill O
02-20-2008, 07:03 PM
If these clouds clear out I'll be able to see it right out the window.

Today was another milestone. The sun has moved far enough north to shine in my condo windows in the morning. In a few months the sun will be blazing into my place for several hours a day. Quite an amazing transformation.

02-20-2008, 07:22 PM
Ugh. Active-X / IE / proprietary stuff :( I was all excited to watch it on the web cam too...


02-20-2008, 09:00 PM
It's partly cloudyhere in NJ, but I can still see it...:D

02-20-2008, 10:12 PM
Here are a couple to start things off, fresh out of the camera...




02-20-2008, 10:56 PM
I had a hard time keeping it in focus, auto is useless because of the small size of the moon. Even on my 70-300mm telephoto.

I had to switch to my Rebel XT (vs my Canon 40D) because I don't have a remote trigger on the 40D yet.

Here are 10 non blurry (or only slightly blurry) shots :)

On Picasaweb


and on Flickr



02-20-2008, 11:29 PM
Here are 10 non blurry (or only slightly blurry) shots :)

Good shots. Conditions were absolutely perfect tonight. I was really ticked that I didn't get the tripod out and set up in time to get any shots of my own. Settled for going out to the deck every 20 minutes or so for the latest update. Maybe I'll be better prepared in 2010 for the next one. :rolleyes:

02-21-2008, 05:46 AM
NC had a lot of clouds. Every once in a while there would a small opening and you could get one shot. There was no trial and error last night - it was mostly error. Just as it was going to 100% coverage it did clear for a bit longer. My top 10 pictures are at http://public.fotki.com/bradbradstreet/travels/2008/2008-02-20-eclipse/



Near the peak

Bretton Woods Brat
02-21-2008, 06:29 AM
What a beautiful night it was! :eek: These pictures are absolutely beautiful! My wimpy camera did no justice. Got up just in time this morning to see the moon, still beautiful! Thanks everyone for sharing.

Brad, thanks for the help, going to try again today. Its a free account, ya get what you pay for....:rolleyes:

02-21-2008, 07:40 AM
I played around trying to get any good shots but my point and shoot camera just doesn't have enough manual controls.


02-21-2008, 07:44 AM
Towards the first half
http://inlinethumb14.webshots.com/32909/2213111500097994563S600x600Q85.jpg (http://outdoors.webshots.com/photo/2213111500097994563fYZKFp)

Close-up fully eclipsed
http://inlinethumb25.webshots.com/23896/2408622170097994563S600x600Q85.jpg (http://outdoors.webshots.com/photo/2408622170097994563UqTYZB)

15-second exposure - note the stars begin to streak
http://inlinethumb54.webshots.com/11829/2558397750097994563S600x600Q85.jpg (http://outdoors.webshots.com/photo/2558397750097994563soFici)

(Canon A570IS in manual mode, full zoom, f/8, ISO100 and 200)

All photos: http://outdoors.webshots.com/album/562560354HELMhO

Not a photographer, just a hiker with a camera ;)


KD Talbot
02-21-2008, 06:50 PM
I'm sure there are better shots out there but here's what the total eclipse looked like last night in Kingston:



02-21-2008, 07:51 PM
Kevin - that is an awesome shot. I could not get the tripod to hold the camera and heavy lens - so I could not get such a clear shot. Very nice.

02-21-2008, 09:31 PM
I was hoping to get some of the eclipse in my lake web camera - but did not get much. But if you go through the slideshow it sure does get dark and then bright again.