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g99
2003-May-16, 03:47 AM
Well tonights eclipse was really cool. It is the first time i have seen one. I could see it perfectly from my portch i all i can say is "wow"

Here are two of the best of the pics i was able to take with my digital camera. Sorry for the quality, i don't have a telescope and this is the best i could do with the zoom and the features.

http://plaza.ufl.edu/sandler/images/e1.jpg

and


http://plaza.ufl.edu/sandler/images/e2.jpg

[added word "lunar" to title]

Decalogue
2003-May-16, 03:49 AM
yea i just got back from seeing it if it wasnt for the clouds it would have been perfect

PUDAK
2003-May-16, 04:33 AM
I couldn't see anything here in NW Pennsylvania... total cloud cover :x

djsmeg
2003-May-16, 05:11 AM
http://members.rogers.com/christian.weeks/34partial.jpg

This was my first attempt at photographing through the lens of my telescope xmas present. It came out OK I think :D

Sadly the high level cloud meant no nice red/orange moon.

Christian

freddo
2003-May-16, 05:17 AM
Now I'm really hanging out for may next year!!! [see location vis: eclipse]
:)

C.

g99
2003-May-16, 06:39 AM
yah for my graduation in November, i am asking for a good digital camera that had a very decent zoom or good lenses, shutuer functions, and lots of megapixes (4 or more is what i am looking for). It is either that or qa trip to europe. I definitely think this is much better.

Never taken a photography class in my life but i like just fiddling around with the functions and the camera trying to get a good shot.

Psionyx
2003-May-16, 06:57 AM
I've got a lovely shot of the first bit of the moon reappearing after the umbral stage which I'll post up here once I finish editing it, it's that copper orange-red color and includes a beautiful magenta artifact caused by the automatic flash deciding to go off, but the picture really is lovely anyway. Not bad for my first attempt, just shoving a digital camera into the eyepiece of the telescope and pulling the trigger.

DaveO
2003-May-16, 07:25 AM
Hello friends.
What - Lunar eclipse? Let's see....
Cloud cover.
Last year's Perseids (sp?) meteor shower - supposedly the best yet.
Cloud cover.
Comet Halley; last pass....
Cloud cover.
If I want to see anything up there, I think I'm gonna move to Britain - the skies are clearer. :roll: :P

ignorant_ape
2003-May-16, 09:40 AM
quote " If I want to see anything up there, I think I'm gonna move to Britain - the skies are clearer"

ROFLMAO

we had 2 hours of rain and TOTAL cloud cover this morning , visibility <5000m

PX could have been out there and i would have missed it :lol:

its canada who gets the clear skies , at least they used to when we were out on ex

YRS - APE

kucharek
2003-May-16, 09:52 AM
If I want to see anything up there, I think I'm gonna move to Britain - the skies are clearer. :roll: :P
Come here, we have the clearer skies and the better beer :-)
In August '99, Karlsruhe was one of the few spots not totally covered by clouds, so I had a nice view on the total eclipse that time.

Harald

silent_bob
2003-May-16, 10:21 AM
Heh.. cloud cover? what's that? is that when the sky gets kinda white?

Lunar eclipse - not a cloud in the sky
Perseids - Not a cloud...
Halley... (i didn't see it but i'm guessing no clouds... =))

Plus I live in Flagstaff, the first International Dark Sky City... Absolutely perfect viewing nearly every night.

Jealous? =)

Glom
2003-May-16, 10:29 AM
:evil: A week of clear skies and now it decides to cloud up. I've got my first flying lesson tomorrow as well. That'll probably be cancelled if this rain doesn't clear up. :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil: I bought a load of special film for the occasion as well. :evil: :evil: :evil: The Leonids were also clouded out. :evil: :evil: :evil: There's no justice. :evil: :evil: :evil: And once more for the sake of it. :evil: :evil: :evil:

Mainframes
2003-May-16, 11:47 AM
:evil: A week of clear skies and now it decides to cloud up. I've got my first flying lesson tomorrow as well. That'll probably be cancelled if this rain doesn't clear up. :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil: I bought a load of special film for the occasion as well. :evil: :evil: :evil: The Leonids were also clouded out. :evil: :evil: :evil: There's no justice. :evil: :evil: :evil: And once more for the sake of it. :evil: :evil: :evil:

It's such a joy living in this rain infested country. Almost waited in the rain for a lucky break in the clouds but realised I was really deluding myself... :(

Argos
2003-May-16, 12:50 PM
The sky was marvellous yesterday night. Itīs fall here in paradise, and this time of year a high pressure system usually stalls over most of S. America keeping the atmosphere devoided of clouds for weeks.

The shadow started eating the Moon around 11 pm (GMT -4), appearing to come from the south. Antares was a few degrees south of the Moon, making a beautiful pair with it. Slowly, the skies went darker and darker, and finally, around midnight, Scorpius appeared in all its glory, with the eclipsed Moon exactly between its claws. It was one of the most beautiful patterns I have seen in Moon eclipses.

gethen
2003-May-16, 02:34 PM
I don't know why I'm torturing myself by reading posts by folks who live in an area with clear skies during the eclipse. Seeing it vicariously I guess. Thanks to all who posted pics for the rest of us.

honestmonkey
2003-May-16, 02:43 PM
It wasn't any better in Dallas, folks. I was stoked to see yet another lunar eclipse (I've seen 3 or 4). Nice view of grey clouds. :cry: At least no tornadoes or hail this time.

traztx
2003-May-16, 02:56 PM
It wasn't any better in Dallas, folks. I was stoked to see yet another lunar eclipse (I've seen 3 or 4). Nice view of grey clouds. :cry: At least no tornadoes or hail this time.

I can relate. Luckily, I got to see a transit of IO a month ago at a star party. Are you going to the TAS meeting next friday? It's at Richland college. Here's the club site (http://www.texasastro.org/).

girlgeek
2003-May-16, 04:39 PM
Happy to report that for once it was not foggy in Santa Barbara, CA and I got a wonderful view. From here, the shadow was on the lower right, not lower left as in some of the pics. Anyone know why? I watched until it started to end with a lovely pearl of white moon that just kept getting bigger. Much better viewing than Jan 2000.

girlgeek

And yes Silent_Bob, I am jealous!!! :-? :)

ToSeek
2003-May-16, 05:20 PM
Here's a whole gallery of photos. (http://www.spaceweather.com/eclipses/gallery_15may03.html)

gethen
2003-May-16, 07:10 PM
Here's a whole gallery of photos. (http://www.spaceweather.com/eclipses/gallery_15may03.html)

Wow.

Vermonter
2003-May-16, 08:18 PM
I was upset that I couldn't view the entire eclipse. I caught Luna as she was coming over the horizon, nice and bigm and tinged red-orange. Then she vanished into the clouds, peeking out once in her normal white persona. I got one decent picture, I'll post it later tonight.

~Josh

Psionyx
2003-May-19, 07:39 AM
I was finally able to upload my eclipse pic! Tell me what you all think, the photo is in the 'Eclipse' album.

http://photos.yahoo.com/argentarmadillo

Not bad for shoving the camera into the telescope eyepiece and saying a prayer, eh? :)

ToSeek
2003-May-19, 04:29 PM
I was finally able to upload my eclipse pic! Tell me what you all think, the photo is in the 'Eclipse' album.

http://photos.yahoo.com/argentarmadillo

Not bad for shoving the camera into the telescope eyepiece and saying a prayer, eh? :)

Planet X is clearly visible above the Moon! It's even red[dish]!

Seriously, nice photo.

ToSeek
2003-May-19, 04:41 PM
Lunar eclipse from orbit (http://www.spaceflightnow.com/news/n0305/16isseclipse/)

g99
2003-May-19, 06:15 PM
Psionyx: greeat pic. What did you use to take it?

Psionyx
2003-May-20, 12:55 AM
The picture was taken with a Nikon Coolpix 775 shoved into the 26mm SP eyepiece of a Meade ETX Astro telescope (I believe it was actually the 'spotting scope' portion of the telescope, I don't know anything about the scope, really!)... like I said, shove the lens in, line up the moon on the screen, say a prayer, and take the shot. I was amazed at how nicely it came out. (Granted, it's the ONLY one that came out looking decent, I took about two dozen photos and the rest of them were overexposed, blurry, etc, but that's the best thing about digital cameras, you take shots until one looks good!)