Sunday, December 19, 2010

Pic of the Day

    Full Moon – September, 2009 from Horsecove, Alabama:  On December 21, 2010, that’s only two days away, a total lunar eclipse will be visible from Alaska to Scandinavia and Greenland to Panama..  The eclipse begins with first penumbral contact at 05:27:43 UT.  Mid totality is 08:16:56 UT and ends with last penumbral contact at 11:06:04 UT.  For those living in the Easter Time Zone subtract 5 hours from UT for local time.  For Central Time Zone subtract 6 hours from UT. 
     If you would like to photograph the eclipse use a 300mm or longer focal length lens.  A 500mm will produce an image similar to the image size in the above photo on a DX format.  I have found that a good base exposure for the full moon is 1/500 second at f5.6.  As the eclipse progresses longer exposure will be necessary, and a sturdy tripod will be essential to maintain a sharp image. If weather permits I plan on photographing the eclipse and will post the results.  I hope you have fair skies as well, and have the opportunity to see and photograph the event.  For more information go to, The site has good information.  Good luck!

Nikon D300, 500mm f4 Digital Capture ISO 200, Shot at 1/250 sec. @ f8

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