Lunar Eclipse Halo
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A ghostly coppery red glow surrounds the Moon during full totality as high, thin clouds once again pass between us. I notice this warm, ruddy glow and quickly adjust the camera setting for a long exposure, in order to capture the scene as closely as possible as it appears in person. A fifteen second exposure appears to do nicely, as the totally eclipsed Moon shows me yet another totally different look on this oh-so magical morning!
Photo details: Canon 300D DSLR, Astro-Tech AT80ED 80mm APO refractor, 0.5 focal reducer, mounted on Meade LX90 8" telescope for tracking. Exposure: 15s, ISO 800.
Watauga Skies Observatory
Location: Watauga, Texas
Date: 12/21/2010 - 02:37 a.m. CST