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#1 Melgabean

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Posted 20 January 2019 - 07:06 PM

Got my gear set up! Now it's just a waiting game and fingers crossed the clouds don't roll in. Just thought I'd wish everyone who is going to image the lunar eclipse some luck! Can't wait to see all the images once they all get processed.!
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Posted 20 January 2019 - 07:25 PM

Just posted this a moment ago in another forum:

 

I am getting set up here in Fairbanks, where we are playing with cloud cover. The prediction is  to become clear a little before our local "full begins".

Temp outside at scope is about -2F at the moment, and down to about -10F by tonight. But, this is normal for us, so pleased it is not any colder.  Hoping it clears, and the sky is stable.

 

Looking forward to pix of the eclipse from around the circumpolar north.

 

My binos needs to be set up ahead of time and prefocused, as they will freeze solid at these temps and unable to be adjusted. I really need to relube them too, for use in the cold. 

 

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Posted 20 January 2019 - 07:40 PM

Another member in Fairbanks, Alaska here. Does not look too god right now, but hoping the best. At least it is hope that the moon should show up though the thin cloud cover. (Astrospheric does not predict it to clear up until the eclipse is over). What Fairbanks area are you imaging from? I plan to set up a simple tracker with a 300mm f/4 lens with/without converter. It could become troublesome if Polaris is not visible - will then have to revert to compass and just setting alt. based on experience.


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#4 17.5Dob

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Posted 20 January 2019 - 07:46 PM

Cloudy here.



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Posted 20 January 2019 - 07:51 PM

Bay Area clouded over.

 

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#6 Jim Waters

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Posted 20 January 2019 - 07:57 PM

Clouds here too....undecided.gif   Take some good pictures for us. 

 

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Posted 20 January 2019 - 08:10 PM

Oregon in winter...... enough said.   bawling.gif



#8 vtornado

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Posted 20 January 2019 - 08:16 PM

Oregon in winter...... enough said.   

Just as bad in Illinois, if it isn't cold it's cloudy but ... the cloud gods may give me a window here.

 

BTW I had a devil of a time trying to find a reference for what focal length will give me a nearly

full frame image on an APS-C sensor.   It is really cold here today so I don't have a lot of time to

monkey around.  I have a 400mm, short tube,  a 900mm 100mm ed, and a 1200mm c5. what should I use?



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Posted 20 January 2019 - 08:21 PM

I knew if I didn't set up, it would clear off, so I set up.  Does that make sense?


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Posted 20 January 2019 - 08:28 PM

I knew if I didn't set up, it would clear off, so I set up.  Does that make sense?

Yes it does!


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Posted 20 January 2019 - 09:04 PM

Greetings from the East Coast.  Heavy clouds with some intermittent clarity.  At Totality, expected to be 11 degrees with a RF of -7 degrees.  18mph winds!

I am set up, just waiting now.  I am dressed like the kid in The Christmas Story!  One thing about tonight, my wife says it fully confirms her belief that I'm crazy!!!!   What a hobby....



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Posted 20 January 2019 - 09:09 PM

Cloudy in California and with a chance of rain later tonight and tomorrow in the early AM. I'm hoping to get a shot of the eclipsed moon with the clouds (if they are broken or thin enough), but with the potential for rain I'm not going to do any significant setup.



#13 Melgabean

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Posted 20 January 2019 - 09:09 PM

I'm in colorado with just wisps of clouds. Got a super wide angle camera lens going 16mm to capture path. Then I got my WO Gt71 with a ZWO 224mc camera to capture detail. I hope I'm not the only one with clear skies. But if I am I will have photos of it for you all.

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Posted 20 January 2019 - 09:37 PM

Clouds here too....undecided.gif Take some good pictures for us.

Phoenix, AZ

I keep checking the satellite on the NWS site along with stepping outside hoping something will change. If that doesn't happen by 9pm then I'm calling it a wash.

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Posted 20 January 2019 - 11:02 PM

Clouded out in North San Diego.

I can kind of see there's something bright behind the clouds, and it's getting dimmer, but...:(



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Posted 20 January 2019 - 11:07 PM

Here in central Illinois the wind chill is -13 right now.  I may go out on the porch from time to time but pictures probably won't happen.  We are colder than Fairbanks right now.



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Posted 20 January 2019 - 11:35 PM

Oregon in winter...... enough said. bawling.gif

You can say that again! I'm currently experiencing my first winter in OR and I've noticed it already. OTOH at minimum moon times these past few month's I've been lucky and had clear skies here in Eugene. Oddly, I've noticed that when it's particularly cold, it tends to be clearest.

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Posted 21 January 2019 - 12:35 AM

Not great a great pic.  I learned a lot though. 

1/100th second Iso 100, canon eos rebel , 100mm,  900mm  orion ed scope, vixen porta mount.

 

Lesons learned for those who follow.

1) use an eq mount.   easier to track.

2) I cant use a diagonal and still get focus.  So I had to lay on the ground to focus camera.  Brrrr.

3) I wrapped the top end of the  scope with bubble wrap.  After 1hr 15min at 7 degrees F, not a hint of frost on the main optics.  Finder, eyepiece and camera frosted over.

4) really hard for me to get great focus. 

5) The budget synta crayford focuser does not do well pointed up at 60 degrees with an slr attached.   The tube kept sliding down.

6)  At full eclipse, The camera could not capture the low light.

I tried 1/10th of a second at Iso 800, I got a grainy blurry blob.  I think a much better camera, or a motorized tracking mount is called for.

 

When the eclipse was full it was beautiful to behold in the eyepiece.  Rosy color full moon. I used a 32mm plossl. 

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#19 Melgabean

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Posted 21 January 2019 - 12:48 AM

I think that is pretty decent. I've been taking photos every 15 minutes since 7:27 mountain time and will continue till 12:57.

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Posted 21 January 2019 - 06:42 AM

My contribution

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Posted 21 January 2019 - 08:28 AM

A first edit, I spent 5 hours outside at -19°C, comfortable by Alaska standards. Due to the clouds I could hardly see the moon with my bare eyes during the total phase. Thus I early on opted to stick with 300mm focal length throughout so that I did not need to re-aim my tracked exposures as it would have been very hard to find back to the moon. Luckily I got a quick glimpse of Polaris though a hole in the clouds just long enough to polar align the tracker when setting up, and I got right on with focus at first attempt - there would not have been enough contrast to refocus under ways. I was surprised that this first edit came out that well, with some some of the light pollution subtracted out of this 30s exposure at f/6.3 ISO 100 with D7100. Also, I had the impression that seeing was very good by Fairbanks standards; we are often troubled with inversion layers.

 

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Nikon D7100 with AFS 300mm f/4 PF @ f/6.3, tracked 30s exposure at ISO 100.

 

 

Here is the situation just before the eclipse started - never give up!

 

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#22 Melgabean

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Posted 21 January 2019 - 08:49 PM

and now for my first contribution for the Lunar Eclipse

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#23 Melgabean

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Posted 21 January 2019 - 10:56 PM

and for the second offering

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