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Lunar Eclipse over New Zealand

By Mark on Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Last month saw a rare Lunar eclipse, the first that clear since 2000, and not another untill 2014.
The moon went coppery red as the earth’s shadow moved across around 10pm, the red caused by atmospheric dust scattering the light. A lunar eclipse happens when the moon passes through the Earth’s shadow while the moon, sun and Earth are directly aligned.
If there is enough dust in the Earth’s atmosphere, the surface will appear blood red. The last total lunar eclipse, sometimes called a blood moon eclipse, seen in New Zealand was in July 2000.Total eclipses are rare because the sun is usually above or below the plane of the Earth’s orbit.

I set up my Canon 400d and tripod in my backyead and pointed the camera skyward and waited. It had been a grey cloudy day and the forecast for the night wasn’t too flash either. I had just received by courier that day a used zoom lens and a Jessop 2x extender. The lens is a canon 100 - 300 USM. I was hopeing I was going to get the lens the day before so I at least had a few hours to get to know it but it wasn’t to be. So I attached the new lens onto the extender, clipped it onto my 400D digital camera and waited for the clouds to clear. Around 8pm there was amazingly enough a large break in the cloud, which totally went against all the weather reports and the days trend which had been overcast all day.

Lunar eclipse full moonI clicked the lens into manual focus looked skyward, turned the manual focus dial till I had the image nice and crisp int he viewfinder and started happily clicking away. At this stage the eclipse hadn’t kicked in but I did manage to get this nice clear photo of the full moon which i was really happy with for my first outing with the new camera. I honestly didn’t know what kind of quailty I was going to get and was half expecting complete rubbish without using a telescope, spotting scope or other half decent external magnifier.

I waited a while and around 9:30 pm the eclipse kicked in and the moon started turning red from the bottom up, it was truely and eery feeling watching our moon changing colour. When the eclipse was in full effect I snapped this digital photo showing the moon at its reddest. All in all it was a fun event and I really enjoyed my first taste of astro photography and it has really inspired to look into investing in a telescope at some stage in the near future, well it has gone on the wish list anyway, behind a really nice wide angle lens and a Canon L series telescopic zoom lens.

View the full lunar eclipse photo gallery here.

 

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