Aligning his camera on the same star for nine successive exposures, Sky & Telescope contributing photographer Akira Fujii captured this record of the Moon’s progress dead center through the Earth’s shadow in July 2000. Akira Fujii - See more at: http://www.skyandtelescope.com/astronomy-news/observing-news/aprils-total-eclipse-of-the-moon/#sthash.C7eKQdMc.dpuf
In 2014, there are two solar eclipses and two total lunar eclipses. As I am not heading south for the April 29 Annular Solar Eclipse (regardless how unusual it is) nor will I be traveling to Prince of Wales Island for the Partial Solar Eclipse of October 23, that leaves me the two Total Lunar Eclipses. These events are quite striking due to the Moon's vibrant red color during the total phase (totality). The Rain date for this event will be October 08, 2014.
"Watching and photographing an eclipse of the Moon is a relaxing activity since it progresses at a leisurely pace. The eclipse begins as a small notch slowly appears along one edge of the Moon. During the next hour, the Moon gradually dips deeper into Earth's dark umbral shadow. If the eclipse is a total one, the last remaining minutes of the partial phases can be quite dramatic and beautiful. The crescent of the Moon grows thinner as darkness propagates through a night sky now deprived of moonlight. If you're away from city lights, the Milky Way becomes bright and beautiful as the total phase begins. It's quite a remarkable sight."
The times of the major eclipse phases are listed below.
• Penumbral Eclipse Begins: 04:53:37 UT - 5 EST + 1 = 00:53:37 EDT
• Partial Eclipse Begins: 05:58:19 UT - 5 EST + 1 = 01:58:19 EDT
• Total Eclipse Begins: 07:06:47 UT- 5 EST + 1 = 03:06:47 EDT
• Greatest Eclipse: 07:45:40 UT - 5 EST + 1 = 03:45:40 EDT
• Total Eclipse Ends: 08:24:35 UT - 5 EST + 1 = 04:24:35 EDT
• Partial Eclipse Ends: 09:33:04 UT - 5 EST + 1 = 05:33:04 EDT
• Penumbral Eclipse Ends: 10:37:37 UT - 5 EST + 1 = 06:37:37 EDT
click here: Eclipse Calculator – Solar Eclipses in Ottawa
I have uploaded a file onto our site that explains the above. You will find it under More >> Files tap. You can also check out NASA Site Eclipses During 2014
For those who are really keen, Moon Rise will be at 19:24 on April 14 and set at 06:26 on April 15. The moon will transit an arc of 153 degrees, so bring a lens which can handle that field of view, or shot a panorama of the moon transit.
What are our tools in night photography?
• Tripod. While not always necessary, a tripod will give you the greatest flexibility to get the angles you need while keeping your camera steady for those long exposures.
• Wide-angle lenses. This is a personal preference, but I love the way they work in night photography. I use a ZUIKO Digital 14-42mm f/[masked], but if you can afford it I'd get the Zuiko Digital ED 11-22mm 1:2.8-3.5. If both of these are out of your price range don't worry! Try it out with whatever you've got as the only thing that will limit you is your imagination.
• A lens hood. To minimize lens flares from light entering at angles outside of your frame.
• A flashlight. Sometimes you'll want to draw attention to or simply lighten up an important part of the foreground which is too dark.
• A timer of some sort to keep track of your long exposure (watch, Cell phone app, etc.)
• Remote trigger/shutter release; intervalometer (optional)
• Batteries, lots of fully charged batteries, a fast battery charger, more spare batteries.
• Our imagination. Tools lie all around us in everyday objects to help us make our work better in this; I've used bicycle lamps, lampposts and newspaper boxes to get it done.
There will be workshops on various pertinent subjects relater to image capture at night, panorama setup and capture, and post processing.
• Mastering post-production.
The truth is that no matter how high the ISO or how wide your fancy lens can go, it’s pretty difficult to get a totally clean night shot. So creating a “dark frame” and subtracting the noise from your photo is one way to get there.
Another method is to stack multiple images shot with as short of an interval that you camera/card combo can handle. One second is ideal, and then you can fire off a sequence of a few hundred shots. Others may want to do less post-processing, and they should shoot 3-5 minute exposures with a very short 1-5 second interval between frames, and then stack these.
• How to Photograph a Lunar Eclipse
Photographing an eclipse of the Moon is fun and easy. You don't even have to worry about special filters to protect your eyes or your camera. Unlike eclipses of the Sun, eclipses of the Moon are perfectly safe to watch with the naked eye.
To record all the partial and total phases of a lunar eclipse in one frame, you need to know the field of view of your camera lens as well as the the duration of the eclipse. The Moon appears to move across the sky at a rate of 15° per hour--its own diameter every two minutes. A 50mm lens (35mm for DSLRs) has a field of 49° along the diagonal. It should take the Moon about three hours to traverse the diagonal, so try to orient your camera so that the Moon moves in this direction.
• Panorama Image Capture to extend the boundaries of a single frame
As with most images, the scene often extends outside the boundaries of a single frame – even working with a 17mm focal length on a full-frame sensor. To capture this kind of perspective, stitch together multiple frames extending almost 90 degrees up from the foreground.
• Spring Night Sky Course
For those who really want to burn the candle at both ends, you can attend the MVCA Night Sky Course 07:30 - 10:00+ To learn more about what the phenomenon at which you will be looking.