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Lunar Eclipse

Lunar Eclipse
Copyright ©2004, Jens Birch
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Taken just before totality at ~3.20 AM on October 28 through an Optolyth APO 100 spotting scope with a home-made eyepiece (the same achromatic triplet as I use for my extreme macro shots).

Photographer: Jens Birch
Folder: Jens' Nature
Uploaded: 28-Oct-2004 13:03 CEST
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Camera: Olympus C5050
Exposure time: 1 sec.
Aperture: f/3.6
Focal length: 21.3 mm
Focusing method:
ISO: 64
White balance: Auto
Flash: no
Image format: SHQ
Processing applied: Chromatic aberrations corrected i PanoTools. Colour balance, contrast, saturation, despeckle, ~50% crop, ~50% resize, unsharp mask (radius=2, strength=100, clipping=2) performed in PaintShopPro 8.
Various: Forgot to switch on the noise reduction in the camera (too tired?) and I didn't apply any in the post processing either (didn't want to kill the detail).
Image resized to: 600x800

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Hi Jens I like the picture very much - I didn't get to see it myself- so it's nice you shared it with the rest of us.

Chris, Denmark

chris nunan at 18:40 CEST on 28-Oct-2004 [Reply]


Great shot, Jens !

Was the camera on autofocus or manual focus ?

Alfred Molon at 17:19 CEST on 29-Oct-2004 [Reply]


Thanks Alfred,

as long as the moon wasn't totally shadoweded by the earth, I prefocussed with the scope and let the AF do the fine tweaking. After the moon entered the penumbra, it wasn't possible anymore. I had to tweak the focus using the enlarged view (half-press shutter button and simultaneously press the 'Quick view* button) and doing the adjustment on the scope (faster).

Cheers, Jens.

Jens Birch at 22:39 CEST on 29-Oct-2004 [Reply]