This is a mid-week meetup on Tuesday, very early morning (or late night Monday, if you want to think of it that way). Check here for weather updates!
We will meet at Point Judith lighthouse for its clear south-westerly view without much light pollution, which is also a good object to photograph by itself. Plenty o' parking is right at the lighthouse.
A lunar eclipse happens when the Earth moves exactly between sun and moon and casts a shadow on the moon. This day will see a total eclipse, i.e. Earth's shadow will completely cover the full moon. If we have clear skies, this should be rather spectacular.
Very useful tips and more links on how to shoot the moon during the eclipse from one of the masters.
And check here for an explanation of what exactly the "blood moon" is.
And watch the cool movie at the bottom of this page.
The partial phase will begin at 1:58 a.m., hence the late meetup time. Totality occurs at 3:06 a.m. and ends at 4:24 a.m. The moon rises at 7 p.m. on Monday and sets at 6:10 on Tuesday, while the outgoing partial phase is still underway.
The longest zoom lens you have, perhaps with a tele-converter on top of that. I will be bringing my Sigma[masked] mm and 2x converter for a total 800mm reach, which fills about a quarter of my frame. Below is a photo that I took with that setup. Remember that any cropped-frame sensor will extend the reach of your zooms by 1.5 or 1.6 or 2x, depending on which model camera you have. A 300mm lens becomes a 450mm or 600mm lens on cropped sensor cameras. Also bring a very wide angle lens if you want to shoot the lighthouse.
Bring warm layers, it may get chilly in early April. Hot fluids will be a welcome break on what will be a long night. Bring a mat and sleeping bag, if you want to let your camera click away (as I plan to do). And tell your manager you will be in late on Tuesday. :)
How to shoot the moon?
Sturdy tripod and a remote shutter release, which minimizes camera shake. the long lens will give you quite a bit of shake and you can minimize it by using the mirror-up feature, wait 5 seconds, then trigger the shutter. Set white balance to daylight or[masked]K, set your shutter speed to 1/250th or shorter to make sure you get tack-sharp images (longer is OK if your lens is less than 300 mm) and crank up the ISO to get a well exposed image. You may want to practice the night before to get a feeling for the settings for your particular equipment.
It will be cool to document the eclipse with a series of identical shots showing the gradual coverage and release, but the decisive moment will be the full eclipse, when the moon will only show its dark appearance, without any sunlight hitting it. Exposure settings will dramatically change that moment, so be prepared for it (e.g. by cranking up the ISO by 4 stops or such).
When completely obscured, we will probably see star Spica, a 0.95 magnitude star very close by and Mars, which is also close that night, will pop with its -1.2 magnitude (lower number, brighter object, full moon is -12).
The Point Judith lighthouse beach has quite a bit of space to spread out and a natural (??) breakline extending into the ocean, making for good foregrounds for regular night sky shooting.
Blood moon, the moon will turn sunset red for almost an hour when it is fully obstructed.