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. The 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.