Lunar Eclipse

I enjoyed a Lunar eclipse here in Australia tonight (8th October 2014). The weather was not very suitable for astronomy. It was over 90% cloudy and even when the clouds parted there was still some haze, so I imaged what I could, when I could.

In the first two images, the planet Uranus is visible upper right as a faint blue object – this is the first time I have captured Uranus without using a telescope!

2014-10-08 Lunar Eclipse with Uranus
2014-10-08 Lunar Eclipse with Uranus

The above image was cropped and enlarged from the next shot .

In the second image, far left is Delta Piscium (mag +4.4). Two other mag +6 stars (HD5654 and WW Piscium) are visible below right.
Bluish Uranus is still visible, about three Moon diameters in the one o’clock direction from the Moon at magnitude +5.7.  The stars HD5654 and WW Piscium, although with fainter magnitudes, seem brighter than Uranus – because star light comes from apparent point sources, whilst planetary light comes from apparent discs.

2014-10-08 Lunar Eclipse with Uranus
2014-10-08 Lunar Eclipse with Uranus

The final image is a wider field view:

2014-10-08 Lunar Eclipse
2014-10-08 Lunar Eclipse

All three images were taken during the totality stage with my Canon EOS 60D an Tamron 70-200mm lens, mounted on a tripod.

All images © R.Powell

 

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