Spam (madbodger) wrote,

lunar eclipse

Taking a page from shadowcaptain, I too tried photographing the lunar eclipse. I went with the 500mm ƒ/8 Nikkor mirror lense, which is essentially tantamount to bolting a small reflector telescope to the front of a camera (Fuji Finepix S3 Pro, in this case). I added a tripod and cable release.

Totality. I'm not exactly sure what the black blotch is, I'm assuming either cruft on the sensor or maybe a falling leaf.

Focussing was tricky at that angle, but I had it closer than it looks here. However, my lightweight tripod was giving me some mirror shake over the 2-second exposures I was using. The above image is a plane going by, and the mirror shake is obvious. I need to learn how to lock up the mirror in this camera.

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