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MacRobert, Alan. “Ready for Sunday Night’s Total Lunar Eclipse?” Sky & Telescope - The essential Guide to Astronomy. N.p., 21 Sept. 2015. Web.
On Saturday evening, we are going to scope out the track of the Moon to see where we want to set up our tripod. We'll also practice with camera settings to get the best photos we can. Let's hope for optimum photo ops for the event!
Here is a practice photo I took tonight. It took us forever to figure out how to photograph the almost full moon. I must say that this is a rather soft photo. I did better last year hand-holding our Lumix camera at twilight. I hope I can take sharper photos tomorrow evening. After lots of trial and error, I used a 500mm lens with the following settings: M (manual settings), 1/500th sec, ISO 200, Multiple point focus, F9. As the moon goes into the eclipse phase, I'll dial down the shutter speed over time. I will probably put a 1.4x teleconverter on the lens as well. This will yield a larger photo. Tomorrow night, I'll also put a dew shield on the camera as it is going to be rather cool. I would have practiced more tonight, but I am so tired after attending the Common Ground Fair earlier today.