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johnfosteruk

My Lunar Eclipse in Pictures

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Well, what a blast that was. I feared the alarm wouldn't wake me, or would wake the Present Mrs Foster. Happily, neither was true.

I opened the door and was greeted by a blanket of cloud, but I setup nonetheless. The cloud started to clear soon after, at about 3:20am and a good time was had by all me.

I have an arty image thanks to the still clearing clouds early on, a sequence of sorts and a widefield shot with a few stars at or near maximum.

I may have sufficient data for an animation as well.

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stunning John, well done i feel like i seen it myself. thanks. charl.

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Cracking images John. Well done.
I do like the first one emerging from the clouds.
 

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Thanks everyone.

1 hour ago, Astro Imp said:

I do like the first one emerging from the clouds.

You can let the clouds get to you, but I choose to embrace them :) 

 

Here's a little bit of fun. A quick animation, 9 frames from start to finish..

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Very nice images indeed.

I also managed to not wake my wife. Some grumbling then back to sleep.

Unfortunately, I struggled with focus, a wobbly tripod and two batteries failing because I didn't carry out my pre-start checks the previous evening. I managed a few pictures but nothing even approaching the quality of yours John.

The real wrath came (although quite temporary) when, just before 5am, I woke the entire house to take a look before the eclipse ended. My two boys were completely entranced and even my wife was quietly impressed - winner! This single event has rendered the near constant cloud a distant memory ?

 

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Nicely done John, I've spent the last couple of hours sorting through mine attempting an animation but there's a big gap in the middle where it clouded over and I nearly packed it in but left it running while having a brew by which time there were enough gaps to continue until it disappeared behind the roof tops.

Dave

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Very nice collection.... cant wait until we have another one down here.. hopefully when the totality is high above for some clear shots...

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fantastic images John, you did well, i could not have a go at it due to work

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Excellent set of image John, nicely presented too. Glad you got some clear enough skies to enjoy it!

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Really nice images John and I lover the movie!  They have that wonderful fine refractor look about them :smile:

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22 hours ago, Prador said:

I also managed to not wake my wife.

If I achieve this and only this when rising for an early morning session, then I'm going to have a good day :)

 

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18 hours ago, MarsG76 said:

Very nice collection.... cant wait until we have another one down here.. hopefully when the totality is high above for some clear shots...

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You're just rubbing it in that you don't have to wait 9 years :)

 

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16 hours ago, nightfisher said:

fantastic images John, you did well, i could not have a go at it due to work

I nearly didn't mate, but decided it was worth risking falling asleep at my desk for :)

 

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12 hours ago, Stu said:

Excellent set of image John, nicely presented too. Glad you got some clear enough skies to enjoy it!

Thanks Stu.

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6 hours ago, paulastro said:

Really nice images John and I lover the movie!  They have that wonderful fine refractor look about them :smile:

Funnily enough I put the Mak out cooling before bed on Sunday but when I woke up and saw cloud I decided F13 would be pushing it past my cameras usable ISO limit and used the F10 refractor instead.

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3 hours ago, johnfosteruk said:

You're just rubbing it in that you don't have to wait 9 years :)

 

Might not be 9, but it's still a few good years... I'm looking on the positive side of things... that when it does come around, my son will be old enough to enjoy it too....

 

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