Full Lunar Eclipse 2010

Did you see it?  I did, and let me tell you, it was pretty cool!  I have wanted to capture a lunar eclipse since I bought my first DSLR and tonight I was not disappointed.  Granted, I did only document the penumbra state through when the last of the moon entered the umbra at the point that the total eclipse began at around midnight.  By that time it was 47 degrees in my backyard and I had been craning my neck peering through my tripod mounted camera and 500mm lens at nearly a vertical angle for an hour and a half on a work night. 

It was a wonder that the clouds parted for this event as the skies for most of the day were dark with much of the day fully engulfed in scattered rain showers.  I figured that the clouds parted for a reason and I wasn’t going to miss this opportunity to document the only full lunar eclipse to occur on the winter solstice in my lifetime.  The last one to occur on this date was on December 21, 1638.  The next one is not due until December 21, 2094 according to NASA.

Alright, enough suspense.  Here is a slide-show with 8 of the 112 photos that I took between 10:33 and 12:00 midnight on December 20, 2010.  Post a comment and let me know your experience with this or a past eclipse event or just give me some feedback.

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