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Lunar Eclipse Montage

dslr moon tripod


Alen Koebel

Lunar Eclipse Montage

A quickly-edited montage of "phases" of the January 20-21, 2019 lunar eclipse up to the middle of totality. These individual exposures were all taken indoors shooting out of a window using an SMC Pentax-M 200mm f/4 lens on a Pentax K-3II DSLR. For all but the first two the camera was mounted on a tripod. Because the brightness changes so much during the course of a lunar eclipse, each of the exposures here used a different exposure time and ISO, starting low for both. The final image of totality is 1/4 second at ISO 1600 and f/8. By staying indoors did I cheat? Yeah. My fingers thanked me - it was -23C (-9F) outside - but the photo quality suffered because of the window glass, of course. The degradation through the glass was made even worse by the moon's very high inclination.

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