On Saturday night December 10th 2011, I was outside preparing to photograph the Total Lunar Eclipse which was due to take place in one hour – taking some test images, getting focus right, and testing the upload process as I was planning to supply images to SLOOH as part of their lunar eclipse event.
The seeing was absolutely fantastic, hardly any movement in the Moon and so I grabbed a quick 100 frames to produce this pre-eclipse Full Moon image. The actual Total Lunar Eclipse images of the Moon will come in the next few days 🙂
I used my Canon 40D pointing through my ED80 with a combination of extension tube and 2x barlow to just fit the Moon in the field of view. I was actually lucky, usually the Moon doesn’t fit in the FOV so I have to do a mosaic; but the Moon must’ve been at apogee so I was able to fit it on the CCD chip with literally a few pixels to spare at the top and bottom.
Here’s the colour saturated version, processed using the method in my tutorial.
The image consists of 70 of the best 100 frames (1/250s exposure @ ISO400) stacked in Registax, and processed in Photoshop.
Thanks for looking.