A rare total lunar eclipse occurs on the night of the northern winter solstice. High, thin clouds danced around the moon during the event, at one time creating an eclipsed moon halo, and a scene reminiscent of a brilliant glint off of a diamond, just a few among the many memorable pictures captured in the early morning sky! It was a morning worth fighting against the ever so sleepy eyes! Photo details: Canon 300D DSLR, Astro-Tech AT80ED 80mm APO refractor, 0.5 focal reducer, mounted on Meade LX90 8" telescope for tracking. Exposures: Moon Halo: 15s, ISO 800, Total Eclipse: 5s, ISO 800, Diamond Eclipse, 4s, ISO 200.