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#1 Silveradogold

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Posted 18 January 2018 - 11:13 PM

Hello folks,
I was just wondering if anyone has plans to observe the Total Lunar Eclipse at the end of this month of January.
We should be in the area of Mesquite, Nevada, where it should be a lot warmer than where I live in the top half of Utah.
I'm hoping we all have clear skies to see this beautiful sight.
....Silveradogold.....


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#2 Ketut

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Posted 19 January 2018 - 01:07 AM

Rainy here...need a rain shaman frown.gif frown.gif



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Posted 19 January 2018 - 03:01 AM

There is a good animation of the upcoming Total Lunar Eclipse occurring on Wed., January 31, 2018 on https://www.timeandd...se/in/usa/provo .  Folks can substitute the name of their major city in the last part of that URL.


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#4 Luna-tic

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Posted 19 January 2018 - 01:46 PM

I'm looking forward to seeing what I can of the eclipse. Penumbral stage starts here at 0551 local, won't get any umbral eclipse. About 50% partial at 0721, Moon sets at 0724.

 

I hope it's clear enough to see that much.



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Posted 20 January 2018 - 11:33 AM

Not  going to be a great event here, maybe better for you out west....Good luck!

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Posted 22 January 2018 - 09:41 AM

Havent seen much of anything in the last few years the weather is just ....BAD.



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Posted 23 January 2018 - 08:10 AM

There's a good possibility of clouds and or rain showers.  Keeping my fingers crossed for breaks in the clouds.  fingerscrossed.gif



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Posted 25 January 2018 - 10:52 AM

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#9 athomeinthepines

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Posted 28 January 2018 - 06:12 PM

I have been looking forward to this event, but it looks like it will be cloudy here. Just have to wait and see.

 



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Posted 29 January 2018 - 11:09 PM

Should be perfect in Los Angeles. However, we do get wind, fires, mudslides, earthquakes, and dealing with a drought.
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Posted 30 January 2018 - 10:47 AM

Montana will see total eclipse, really looking forward to it; however, this morning completely overcast.frown.gif   So hoping I get a break tomorrow morning.



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Posted 30 January 2018 - 11:47 AM

I'm on the California coast and looking forward to getting some good pictures. Griffith observatory is hold is large party and should be a great place to see it. I will not be there.

 

Weather also supposed to be clear. 



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Posted 30 January 2018 - 04:32 PM

Weather has cleared some here so I am hopeful. Now to brave the early morning chill!



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Posted 30 January 2018 - 05:35 PM

San Francisco's forecast has changed from doubtful to favorable. I hope to get pictures of the darkening at regular intervals. Which brings me to a question:

 

Does anyone have experience dealing with the large changes in light levels for an eclipse? I can choose different exposures to bracket a range of values, but the range could be quite large. This also varies from eclipse to eclipse, but I'd like to anticipate as best I can. I found a citation that the fully-eclipsed Moon in one exceptionally dark eclipse was apparent magnitude +4. (And there is difficulty searching for this, because the word "magnitude" means something different in the context of lunar eclipses.)

 

That could mean a range of 16+ magnitudes from the uneclipsed Moon to the eclipsed one, which is  a factor of about 3 million!

 

Without knowing in advance what to expect, I was thinking of taking three different exposures for each "frame" of my movie and if the appropriate exposure for the uneclipsed Moon is 1, then taking additional frames at exposures of 100 and 10,000 will hopefully anticipate the darkest part. I can always add additional frames at longer exposures if needed, and I guess it's no great loss if I omit the frames that would be guaranteed to be overexposed.



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Posted 30 January 2018 - 08:03 PM

Looking about as promising as it gets (partly cloudy) in my neck of the woods - totality begins around 9pm here:

 

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Am only 1 degree from the equator though, so have to take any weather forecast with a very large grain of salt lol.



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Posted 30 January 2018 - 08:30 PM

I am confused by what I am reading on various web sites for New York City. Timeanddate.com shows a maximum partial phase visible at 7:02AM. 

https://www.timeandd...in/usa/new-york

 

But SkySafari shows the moon set before then at 6:15PM.

 

What gives?

 

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Posted 30 January 2018 - 09:08 PM

Ira, I don't think NYC is going to get a good show. You might catch it, marginally, near moonset. Good luck, though!



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Posted 30 January 2018 - 11:27 PM

Should be perfect in Los Angeles. However, we do get wind, fires, mudslides, earthquakes, and dealing with a drought.

don't forget nuclear missles



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Posted 31 January 2018 - 04:10 AM

Fewer than two hours to go. A little pre-eclipse image near zenith to test things out.

 

It's interesting to see the Moon so totally full. I'm used to seeing that tiny fringe on one limb or the other that indicates we're not quite at full. Now there's barely any hint of that.

 

Go, Moon, go!

 

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Posted 31 January 2018 - 05:26 AM

I am watching from Maryland.  No idea if I will get any effect this far to the east.  Clear and bright this morning.


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Posted 31 January 2018 - 05:47 AM

Good luck in Maryland. At least you won't miss as much sleep trying!



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Posted 31 January 2018 - 06:18 AM

Oceanus Procellarum is on the left edge of the Moon so it's hard to say if I see darkening at this moment, 27 minutes into the penumbral phase.



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Posted 31 January 2018 - 06:32 AM

It's now profoundly obvious on my monitor screen, but only a hint of effect to the naked eye.



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Posted 31 January 2018 - 06:46 AM

Starting to see the umbra, effects clear to the eye.



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Posted 31 January 2018 - 07:10 AM

I thought this would be a perfect time to see the features on the terminator line as it sweeps through the moon disk. Well, turns out there is no clear defined terminator during eclipse.


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