Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Lunar Eclipse

Did you stay up to watch the lunar eclipse?  Zoom kept reminding me that it was tonight, and wanted me to wake him up, so I did.  Hey, no school this week anyway!

Here's my first picture, before I woke him up. 



And a little later...  These two pictures are basically the same time but different exposure.  In the second one, you can see how the moon is turning red.  You can see a star in the left third of the picture, toward the bottom. 




Here it is almost complete.  Again at the longer exposure first to see the red (and with stars), and then the same phase but shorter exposure to see the eclipse! 




And then we were having so much fun that we decided to try and shoot Orion.  I can't believe I got such good pictures, I've actually learned something about photography!  I know lots of people have great pictures of constellations and the moon but this is the first time I've ever gotten better pictures than I expected, instead of much worse. 



And one final picture of the eclipsed moon with stars.

SO MUCH FUN.  Totally worth getting up for, I'm glad he asked me to do it!

12 comments:

KariBeri said...

Fantastic job Karen! You should post this on 9 news website!

StarSpry said...

Awesome pictures!!

Rebekah said...

Your pictures are Amazing! Wow!

Sew Create It - Jane said...

Awesome pictures!! You've capture the moon perfectly!

Shawn said...

Very cool pictures Karen, Merry Christmas!

Deb said...

These are so clear and crisp- wonderful!

Glenda said...

Very cool!

quiltmom said...

My husband is an avid amateur astronomer - He was out at the public observatory sharing the lunar eclipse experience with many many people. It was a lovely site- I was content to stay home and take a few peeks outside our front door.
Your pictures are lovely- Thanks for sharing your Lunar experience.
Best wishes to you and yours for the holiday season.
Warmest regards,
Anna

Larissa said...

Amazing photos! i need to learn to use my camera - you have so inspired me!

MARCIE said...

These are amazing pictures Karen! Wow!

Marlaina said...

GREAT pictures!

Thimbleanna said...

Holeeee Cow!!! Those are GORGEOUS! Spill! How on earth did you do it??? I've TRIED and TRIED to get a good shot of the moon -- not even an eclipse, just the plain ol' vanilla moon -- and they're always icky. Do I need a super sexy lens???