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Lunar and Solar Eclipses

Postby Reditor » Fri Feb 22, 2008 11:38 am

There was recently a lunar eclipse here in Canada, which was pretty neat to watch. The great part was it took hours to start / end. Solar eclipses tend to last for only minutes (but are obviously more dramatic).

Does anyone have any interesting eclipse stories or tips on taking photos of these rare, interesting events? I know the next solar eclipse happens in the extreme north of Canada / Norway / Russia and then Mongolia and China later this year.
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Postby thecakeisalie » Fri Feb 22, 2008 12:25 pm

I took a few pictures (from Chicago) but I don't know if any of them turned out, because it was freezing and I didn't feel like standing around pretending to be Ansel Adams. You definitely need a tripod to get the best pictures though.

I'll see if any of them turned out and post them if they aren't too blurry.
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Postby Reditor » Fri Feb 22, 2008 12:42 pm

Great...I didn't get any photos, so even blurry ones will be better than what I have. I've tried taking photos of star trails before, with some success, but never the moon.
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Postby ballu » Fri Feb 22, 2008 4:32 pm

When I was in Arequipa, Peru, our group was having dinner at a restaurant. Our guide told us to go outside and check out the moon. Sure enough, there was an lunar eclipse taking place!

I also saw the brightest shooting star I've ever seen while riding a camel up Mount Sinai. It was so bright it looked like someone shot off a blue flare.
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Postby thecakeisalie » Fri Feb 22, 2008 11:56 pm

As you can see, I showed up a little late and the eclipse was on the retreat...

The truth is, I only remembered because I was taking out the trash and saw my neighbor staring at the sky!
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Postby thecakeisalie » Fri Feb 22, 2008 11:58 pm

And this is what happens when you zoom in/out with the shutter open...
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Postby Reditor » Mon Mar 03, 2008 12:31 pm

That last one is kind of amusing, but your first photo I really enjoyed, thanks for sharing!
I've already checked and the next lunar eclipse for this part of the world is in 2010....so I have 2 years to prepare!
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Postby JaliscoJudy » Tue Mar 04, 2008 11:07 pm

We watched the eclpse from a ranch near El Tuito in the pine/oak forest south of Puerto Vallarta. It was sweater weather, but warm enough to sit outside with a cup of tea and watch the night jars flying around in addition to watching the eclipse.

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