John Sarkissian
Image taken:
Jun. 16, 2011
CSIRO Parkes Observatory, NSW, Australia
The sky was beautifully clear with not a single cloud to be seen (and not a breath of wind). As I was driving to the dish, the Moon began to enter the umbra. It was a great sight. When I arrived at the telescope, I made my way to the adjacent field, which had recently been plowed. I was greeted with the glorious scene of the observatory dishes strewn below the star clouds of the Milky Way. Scorpius was directly above The DISH with the deep red Moon to the right of it. Soon Scorpius began to set behind The DISH as the sky began to brighten with the twilight. I had positioned myself to capture the eclipsed Moon setting behind the Dish, but as the sky brightened, it became increasingly hard to see the Moon at all. About 25 minutes before it was due to set, I lost it altogether. I used a Canon 400D with 18-55mm and 75-300mm zoom lenses. Most of the shots varied from about 1sec to 30sec exposure with varying ISO settings.
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