The Sun Solar System: the Moon Planets observing logs



November 8-9, 2003; Lunar eclipse

This is a short report of the lunar eclipse on the night of november 8-9 2003. The pictures were taken with a Nikon coolpix 775, mounted on a Manfrotto tripod, placed in front of the eyepiece. The telescope used is a TAL 200K with a 32mm Televue Plossl eyepiece. I used a Baader UV/IR cut filter. All pictures were shot with a resolution of 1600 x 1200 at the highest possible quality. The orientation and the sharpness of the picture were altered with image-processing software. The orientation is the same as used in the Rukl Atlas of the Moon. I observed from my backyard in the Netherlands at 50.55' N 6.03' E, Timezone CET (UT plus 1 hour). The camera and the stopwatch were synchronized with the USNO UT Master Clock.

23h 33m UT The moon enters the Umbra, partial eclipse, (first contact)

01h 08m UT The start of the total eclipse, (second contact)

01h 19m UT Totality

01h 30m UT End of the total eclips (third contact)

03h 04m UT Moon leaves the Umbra, partial eclipse (fourth contact)



moon eclipse

moon eclipse

1.This picture was taken at 23h23m UT, 10 minutes before the moon entered earth's shadow. On the upper left some "shadow" allready can be seen.



2. This picture was taken at 23.35 hm UT. Two minutes ago the moon entered the shadow.




moon eclipse

moon eclipse

3. This picture was taken at 23h47m UT.


4. This picture was taken at 00h21m UT
The shadow is crawling towards Tycho.



moon eclipse

moon eclipse

5. This picture was taken at 00h48m UT. Tycho is in the shadow. This picture and a few of the next are a bit overexposed.



6. This picture was taken at 00h59m UT.
9 minutes before the beginning of the totality.


moon eclipse

moon eclipse

7. This picture was taken 01h08m UT. Totality has begun.

8. This shot was taken near the maximum of the totality, 01h15m UT. It was taken through my 15 x 80 Vixen binoculars, mounted on the SkyWindow.


moon eclipse


9. Totality is over, Tycho has allready reappeared. 02h 08m UT



10. This shot was taken 02h.23m UT


moon eclipse


11. Taken at 03h.05 UT. The eclipse is over!







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