Scroll down for the eclipse photos taken by my Canon XS on tripod. Slightly blurry, hard to focus as the eclipsed moon was (of course) dim.
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Cropped close-up at http://www.unmannedspaceflight.com/index.php?showtopic=6860
and at the Sky and Telescope photo gallery. Both show wonderful photos from other observers in Europe and the USA.
Observing report: Here in lower Westchester County, NY, just north of New York City, we had some scattered middle clouds that became a broken deck as totality ended. Completely cloudy when I went back out at 5am – couldn’t see Venus! There were hints that we had a lot of high thin clouds, since the moon seemed less red than previous eclipses, perhaps there was more cirrus than I thought at the time.
The moon seemed darker than I expected, with only the maria visible. The altocumulus enhanced the reappearance of sunlight on the moon, which made for a nice ‘diamond ring’ effect (a term more appropriately used when the moon eclipses the sun) at the end of the total phase. At that time, when the moon peeked between between the denser clouds, it was ‘Mars-like’ with the intense white cap on top of the moon. The rest of the moon was gray with reddish areas, as opposed to Mars which is red with grayish areas.
Temperatures in the mid-upper 20s, with a light wind gusting to 15+MPH (occasionally roaring in the tree-tops) made me grateful that I bundled up.
Photo of moon and surrounding stars, just after the moon was completely in the earth’s shadow. The moon is lit by the light bent around the earth by our atmosphere.
Photo of the middle of the eclipse. The white part of the moon is nearest the edge of the earth’s shadow. It looks white because the camera has overexposed it. It really looked less bright. This photo is the one I’ve cropped to post on other web sites. Click to enlarge and then you may be to click again and recenter the photo to find the moon. This was a 2 1/2 second exposure at high sensitivity (ISO1600).
Some camera effects in this photo – the overexposed sunlit part of the moon and the underexposed part is still in shadow (you can see some detail in the full sized version). The ‘extra’ crescent is a reflection of the sunlit part of the moon off a clear filter I use to protect the lens from dust and damage.