Wednesday, February 20, 2008

February Lunar Eclipse

8:00 p.m. central

9:30 p.m. central

Here are photographs of tonight's lunar eclipse. I hauled out the Celestron 8" SCT and coupled a Pentax K10D to it at prime focus. By 9:30 p.m. the temperature was down to -1 and the telescope was starting to frost over. I was bundled up in several layers, but my hands were getting so cold I could barely press the shutter release. As I froze, I was awed to consider that just yards away from me were dozens of juncos snoozing away in the spruce trees in this extreme frigid weather.

All images © 2008 Mike McDowell

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