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June 16, 2011
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Canon EOS 1000D
Shutter Speed
13/1 second
ISO Speed
Date Taken
Jun 15, 2011, 7:21:51 AM
Adobe Photoshop Elements 8.0 Windows
Lunar Eclipse 16th of June by CapturingTheNight Lunar Eclipse 16th of June by CapturingTheNight
:icondonotuseplz::iconmyartplz: © Greg Gibbs. You may not use, replicate, manipulate, or modify this image without my permission. All Rights Reserved.

Total Lunar Eclipse 16/06/2011
(I just noticed that the date and time is wrong on the exif data. It was taken on the 16th of June(Australian time) at about 6:30 am).

Australia was pretty well placed for this eclipse. The weather was perfect, so I got up about an hour before it all started to setup the telescope and various cameras.

This picture was taken during the darkest part of the eclipse, when the moon passed almost directly through the centre of the Earths shadow. The colour is caused by all the sunrises and sunsets on Earth reflecting off the moon (Edit: ok, I was in a bit of a rush to post this, so i'll phrase this part better now- The red coloring arises because sunlight reaching the Moon must pass through a long and dense layer of the Earth’s atmosphere, where it is scattered. Shorter wavelengths are more likely to be scattered by the air molecules and the small particles, and so by the time the light has passed through the atmosphere, the longer wavelengths dominate. This resulting light we perceive as red. This is the same effect that causes sunsets and sunrises to turn the sky a reddish color; an alternative way of considering the problem is to realize that, as viewed from the Moon, the Sun would appear to be setting (or rising) behind the Earth.

Canon EOS 1000D
10 inch (25cm) F/4 Newtonian Reflector Telescope
Baader Coma Corrector
NEQ6 Pro Goto Mount set on Lunar Tracking
ISO 100
Exposure Length 13 seconds

My other photos from the same eclipse

Note (23/06/2011): The support for this photo has been overwhelming. I'm truly humbled that so many people have found enjoyment in it. If you comment on this photo (or any of my other photos for that matter), I will reply, but please understand that I just can not get around to thanking you all for the favs. I would never get off this computer to take other photos. Please consider this one big THANK YOU!!!
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oriontrail Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012   Photographer
So cool to see stars brighter than Moon!
I took some photos of the same eclipse, but with only 200mm lens.
CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Yeah a really dark lunar eclipse is certainly a great sight :D Thank you.
diskfire Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012
A beautiful picture. Great job!
CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much :D
MainecoonLena Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you :D
CCOOKIES Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Student Photographer
dude this is awesome..
hey i wanna ask you a question..
what kind of lens you used for moon shooting?
thanks before
CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much :D For my moon shots I use the equipment detailed in the descriptions above. My camera directly couples to the telescope (the telescope is the lens) which has an effective focal length of 1000mm. The other key to my moon shots is the computerised mount that the telescope runs on which can track the moon as the earth rotates and it rotates around us. This means I can do longer shutter speed shots at low ISO's without the moon blurring. You can see a picture of my telescope setup here [link]
LaJuno Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011
i love this :) did you get it so... big? x)
CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks :D I use a telescope that has a 1000mm focal length
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