Supermoon Solar Eclipse

It was said to be a once in a lifetime event… technically not true as there will be one in 2033 but I didn’t want to risk missing this opportunity to see something this rare, so I set my alarm and waited.

I was up and outside by 3:05am, I had decided not to set my scope up on this occasion. The moon was already blood red and almost totally eclipsed, it was a real treat to see.┬áThe below photo was taken with my DSLR with it’s 18-55mm kit lens.

5 Hours earlier

Earlier in the evening I had decided to take advantage of the supermoon and clear skies to get some practice with my photography and my scope. I had previously worked out a rough focus point on my scope for the camera so getting the moon in focus was fairly easy this time around. It also made a huge difference using DigiCamControl, free software you can download (see my Software, app & Books page) along with the moon which is easily seen through the camera ‘live-view’ mode. In all it took about 2 minutes to get a focus I was happy with, compared to almost an hour at a recent star camp.

Taking Photos through the software was also a breeze, you have full control of the cameras settings, such as ISO and exposure. The major benefit is being able to see the photos on a big screen immediately, so if anything isn’t quite right you can try again.

I was really pleased with the results, the focus and quality of the images were the best I had captured yet. Below are the best from the whole evening, including the eclipse.

A few adjustments have been made to bring out the colour, but no sharpening changes has been made.

As I journey through the wonders of the universe, my enlightenment to its beauty and vastness still amaze. As an amateur astronomer just starting out on my adventure, this is my blog and record of my adventure.