Total Lunar Eclipse (December 10, 2011)

The image shows a fully-eclipsed moon during totality. Note that only during a total lunar eclipse that the very faint stars surrounding the full moon become visible. Image taken from the Seven Suites Hotel Observatory, Philippines, using a 4-inch refracting telescope and a DSLR at ISO 1600, 2-second exposure. This photo got featured in Amateur Astronomy Picture of the Day (AAPOD).

Total Lunar Eclipse December 10, 2011. © Anthony Urbano

My observation setup is consisted of a Sky-Watcher 100 mm f/9 ED mounted on a Kenko NES mount, prime focus at 900 mm with a Canon 450 DSLR. The image below is a close-up high resolution image of the moon.

Hi-resolution image of the moon © Anthony Urbano

Also on a piggy-back setup is a Canon S3 IS for wide-field shots of the eclipse. The image below shows the sky condition in Antipolo during eclipse maximum. Pleiades and Taurus are clearly visible in this photo. ISO 800, 15-sec exposure

Eclipsed moon in the constellation Taurus
The observation party at the Seven Suites Hotel Observatory in Antipolo with the hotel’s 12-inch telescope, currently the 4th largest in the country

For previous observations, click here.

Related links:
Lunar Eclipse Observation featured on TV 5 (October 8, 2014)
Solar Eclipse Photo featured on PTV 4 (January 24, 2013)
Lunar Eclipse Photo featured on PTV 4 (January 23, 2013)
Solar Eclipse Observation featured on GMA 7 (May 21, 2012)
Lunar Eclipse Observation featured on ABS-CBN (June 16, 2011)

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For tutorials on how to get started with astrophotography, click here.

© Anthony Urbano (Manila, Philippines)

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