August 9, 2004

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Australian Eclipse


Image Credit: Ashley Africa

Australian Eclipse

Eclipses are democratic - they can be enjoyed from nearly anywhere on the terrestrial hemisphere where the Moon is above the horizon. And they can be imaged with cameras, small telescopes or larger ones. The May 5, 2004 lunar eclipse was seen and imaged across the Eastern Hemisphere (e.g. Greece) From a backyard in Perth, WA, Australia, Ashley Africa took this eclipse portrait using two cameras and at least 34 exposures. The large image was taken at or close to totality using a Nikon Coolpix 995 afocally attached to a 102mm f/5 refractor with a 26 mm plossel eyepiece. The eclipse sequence was captured with a Canon S40 camera sitting stationary on a tripod; individual frames were taken at 5 minute intervals and were added to a single image in Photoshop to obtain the sequence. Ashley reports that the arc is natural – i.e. no image manipulation was required to produce it.

Chuck Wood

Related Links:
May 5 Eclipse Factsheet

Yesterday's LPOD: NE Backwater

Tomorrow's LPOD: To an Ancient Moon

Author & Editor:
Charles A. Wood



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