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Total lunar eclipse, 02/20/2008
On Wednesday, February 20, 2008, we had a total lunar eclipse here in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. It was bitterly cold (-11F), which I think means less interference from the air. I put my Panasonic FZ50 (a $420 camera) on a tripod on the front porch and took a few shots every 10 minutes (thanks to my Radio Shack timer), bracketing +/- one stop.

The moon didn't get that red to the naked eye, but it did in the pictures, as I had to lower the shutter speed from about 1/400 of a second down to about 2 seconds. (The extremely low light of the eclipse also made for some blurry shots.) Then I cropped the photos in The Gimp.

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- Tom Arneberg (toma@arneberg.com)

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