Total Lunar Eclipse Saturday March 3rd 2007

13 years 7 months ago #40811 by jhoare
There's a total lunar eclipse on March 3rd. It's on Satuday night and we are in just the right place to see the whole thing :)

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Greatest eclipse 23:21
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13 years 7 months ago #40812 by JohnMurphy
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Yes, we've been awaiting this one.

Should be a good day. I'm going to Newgrange in the morning, and capping off the Day with a total lunar eclipse.

Make a careful note of the colour of the total eclipsed moon.

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13 years 7 months ago #40818 by jhoare
If the weather permits I plan to take stills.

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13 years 7 months ago #40819 by JohnMurphy
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If the weather permits I plan to take stills.


Absolutely, lets hope its a cloud free night! I'm hoping for a copper moon, that should make for an interesting photo.

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13 years 7 months ago #40896 by dave_lillis
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Basically it will start soon after moonrise and is visible between 8.30pm and 2.20am. Its on a Saturday night so it will be easy for most people to stay up late for it, its been a long time since we had a good eclipse so I've been planning this one for a long time, so all we need is the weather to hold off. The last one was in May 4th 2004, we had a big storm at the time with 70mph wind and intermittent rain with some gaps in the clouds.
These are fairly accurate times for the eclipse.

Begins entering Penumbra at 08.27pm, (Difficult to see)
Entire moon in Penumbra at 9.26 (Should be noticeable as moon darkens)
Begins entering Umbra at 9.33, (A dark edge appears on the moon)
Maximum totality at 11.21 (A deep dark red moon)
Starts to leave Umbra at 11.56 (Moon brightens slightly)
Moon fully in Penumbra at 01.11 (Red tinge has almost gone, but moon still not fully bright).
Finished leaving Penumbra at 2.22 (Moon back to normal illumination and completely out of the shadow)

This is a pic from the May 2004 storm eclipse, its a tiny bit blurry, but it couldn't be helped as we had to hold down the tripod to stop the thing been blown into the next field by the wind, but it does show the colour well.
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/145/386517205_ff91707848_o.jpg

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13 years 7 months ago #40901 by galwayskywatchers
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Thats a fantastic shot Dave!!

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13 years 7 months ago #40914 by Seanie_Morris
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Here's hoping for a clear night that night. We're due a cloudless full total lunar eclipse...



,...oops! Did I just jinx it!

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13 years 7 months ago #40916 by jhoare

The last one was in May 4th 2004, we had a big storm at the time with 70mph wind and intermittent rain with some gaps in the clouds.

I remember that one. I spent most of the night in the lee of a clump of trees scanning the sky for a break in the clouds but didn't get as much as a glimpse.

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13 years 7 months ago #40922 by ayiomamitis
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Dave,

Although we all pray and wish for perfect weather for such events, adverse weather can produce some very dramatic results .... and your photo is such an example. Very nice!

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13 years 7 months ago #40923 by JohnMurphy
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Nice shot Dave.

A total lunar eclipse gives an indication of the amount of particulates in the earths atmosphere. The darker the colour of the moon, the more particulates (pollution) in the earths atmosphere. A nice coppery or red colour indicates a 'cleaner' atmosphere. Note that this does not give earth a clean pollution free bill of health. Most dark eclipses occur during times of high volcanic activity, meaning that the particulates have to be massive in size. A red moon could occur even though the atmosphere is heavily contaminated by gaseous pollution. It's just one part of the jigsaw.

Heres hoping for clear skies on 3rd.

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13 years 7 months ago #40969 by Mike
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Hi Everyone
Just wondering about the upcoming lunar eclipse on March 3rd and if anyone on the forum has used a camcorder fitted to a standard tripod to record previous lunar events? (Sorry, I don’t have a telescope / ancillary equipment just at the moment :( ).
I am presuming that the analogue tape of the event could then be possibly digitised and enhanced by software, e.g., Photoshop or RegiStax on a PC! Anyone tried this setup?
Hoping for clear skies!

All the best
Mike

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13 years 7 months ago #40970 by JohnMurphy
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Mike,

Your asking for a lot there.
For starters the moon will look quite small in your shots, unless it's a high end camcorder with good optical zoom - don't bother with digital zoom. Use manual focus. Most camcorders have an output to play back to TV etc, and this is usually the means that you would transfer to PC, but you'll need a frame grabber board, and associated software to create a movie, preferably AVI. If you do manage to get an AVI produced, you still won't end up with a very good picture after registax, because without a tracking mount the moon will be moving across your field of view constantly and any manual adjustments will introduce shake and jitters, especially if your using full optical zoom.

My advice is use a pair of binoculars and sit back and enjoy the show - weather permitting.

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13 years 7 months ago #40971 by ftodonoghue
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Hi Everyone
Just wondering about the upcoming lunar eclipse on March 3rd and if anyone on the forum has used a camcorder fitted to a standard tripod to record previous lunar events? (Sorry, I don’t have a telescope / ancillary equipment just at the moment :( ).
I am presuming that the analogue tape of the event could then be possibly digitised and enhanced by software, e.g., Photoshop or RegiStax on a PC! Anyone tried this setup?
Hoping for clear skies!

All the best
Mike


Hi mike, I used a camcorder for recording the total eclipse in Turkey. i used this with some success. I have never tried this with the moon though. As John says stick with optical zoom. I would not bother running it through registax, just enjoy it as a movie of the eclipse. when the moon is back in the sky, I would start messing with exposures etc so that you are ready for march 3rd.

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Trevor

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13 years 7 months ago #40972 by Seanie_Morris
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One thing I would try is a low power, high field-of-view binoculars - fix one eyelet to the lens of your camcorder and see if that works (experiment beforehand, of course).

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13 years 7 months ago #40974 by Mike
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Thanks John, Trevor & Seanie, for the good advice.
The camcorder I have a loan of is a high end Panasonic 3CCD system and I have a frame grabber with software to create a movie file. I have a 7x50 binoculars that I could make use of.
I don’t want to get caught up in the technicalities of the night’s event as has been stated and missing the real show, especially if we have clear skies. It’s just an experiment out of curiosity to see what the results would be.
As John said, “My advice is use a pair of binoculars and sit back and enjoy the show- weather permitting”, i couldn’t agree more.

Many thanks for the information
Regards
Mike

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13 years 7 months ago #40996 by dave_lillis
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Hi Mike,
You have 3+ weeks before the eclipse, so try getting the crescent/half moon and see how that works out.
I would not recommend trying this on the night of the eclipse unless you are fairly comfortable and confident with it. No point missing the eclipse while fidgeting with the equipment.

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13 years 7 months ago #41005 by Mike
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Thanks Dave
I understand, will do.

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13 years 7 months ago #41346 by jhoare
There is now a real chance that it will turn out to be a very good eclipse. I have to work on a database migration that night :cry:

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13 years 7 months ago #41362 by JohnMurphy
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On 2nd March at about 02:30, the day before the eclipse, there is also a close conjunction of the moon and Saturn. As a matter of fact from most of the Eastern UK there will be a good grazing occultation. Unfortunately we must make do with a conjunction. However it's still one of the most impressive sights to see Saturn's rings so close to the Monn.

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13 years 7 months ago #41364 by paulevans
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Here's the only Total Lunar Eclipse I've ever photographed. It's a poor animation taken through clouds in January 2001 in the light polluted skies of SW London where I lived at the time.

I'm hoping for something better this time!



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13 years 7 months ago #41369 by ayiomamitis
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On 2nd March at about 02:30, the day before the eclipse, there is also a close conjunction of the moon and Saturn. As a matter of fact from most of the Eastern UK there will be a good grazing occultation. Unfortunately we must make do with a conjunction. However it's still one of the most impressive sights to see Saturn's rings so close to the Monn.

Hi John,

We are fortunate to have an actual occultation but the problem is that it starts with the moon at 13 degrees altitude and completes with the moon at 9 degrees altitude. In other words it is basically a visual exercise at best.

Anthony Ayiomamitis
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13 years 7 months ago #41370 by ayiomamitis
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Here's the only Total Lunar Eclipse I've ever photographed. It's a poor animation taken through clouds in January 2001 in the light polluted skies of SW London where I lived at the time.

Paul,

A photographer's best friend is "exposure compensation" and this is especially true if you have a digital camera where you can assess an image and its histogram immediately and proceed from there.

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13 years 6 months ago #41649 by johnflannery
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A leaflet on this Saturday's total lunar eclipse (3rd March 2007) can be downloaded at http://www.southdublinastronomy.org/w/images/5/56/Total_Eclipse_of_the_Moon.pdf

Feel free to circulate the leaflet to anyone interested.

Clear skies!

John (Flannery)
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13 years 6 months ago #41651 by JohnMurphy
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Forecast not looking the best (for Dublin anyway) :cry:
Lots of cloud

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13 years 6 months ago #41654 by jhoare
All I want is a sucker hole big enough for this happy snapper to guage the exposure and get some good shots. That's as much as I'll have time for anyway.

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