ABOVE: Thursday May 15, 2003
8" f/6 Newtonian (D:20cm FL:1200mm), NIKON D100,
Prime Focus, 4 Seconds.
Thursday's event ended a long drought, spanning many years, of lunar eclipses here in Southern California. This was Alayna's first experience seeing a full moon awash in the eerie reddish shadow of our earth. She was not disappointed and neither was I. While low on our horizon (causing us to miss most of the beginning phases of the dark umbral eclipse) we did get to see the shadowed moon near familiar foreground objects like hills, trees and rooftops. Kinda neat! Definitely darker than I expected.

Moon Over Spanish Tile
Celestron 80mm f/5 Refractor, NIKON D100
Prime Focus, 3 Seconds
I took a series of the eclipsed moonrise near the apex of my neighbors house. Three of these images, taken a few minutes apart, made for a nice little animation loop. I'll try to add it here soon.

Celestron 80mm f/5 Refractor, NIKON D100
Prime Focus, 3 Seconds
Surprisingly, it got pretty busy at eclipse time. Lots of neighbors came out to look through the telescopes and so I did not get a chance to take many photos. A pleasant surprise actually.

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