Alan Dyer
Image taken:
Dec. 21, 2010
Near Gleichen, Alberta, Canada
These two shots are "HDR" High Dynamic Range composites of 7 to 9 exposures, to capture the lunar eclipse scene more as the eye saw it, compressing the wide range of brightness into a single image. One shows the wide field view of the eclipsed Moon near the star cluster M35, as it appeared in binoculars. It was taken with a 77mm aperture Borg astrographic refractor and Canon 5DMk II camera. The other, taken with a 130mm aperture apo refractor and Canon 7D camera, shows a close up during the partial phase, depicting the Moon as it appeared in a telescope eyepiece. It was taken about 20 minutes before totality, and captures the subtle colours along the advancing edge of the shadow. The colours' vibrancy has been exaggerated here somewhat, to bring out the blue rim to the Earth's umbral shadow. The HDR techniques make it possible at long last to get an image of an eclipsed Moon that really looks like what the eye saw.
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