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AlexM

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Go and look out the moon at 10:30. there will be a full eclipse. The next one is in 2007.
 

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It's COMPLETELY overcast here. Not just thin clouds, thick ones.
 

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LOL!...a LUNAR eclipse...:D

The sky monster has eaten more than half of it already!
 

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woops
i was typing faster than i was thinking
my bad

At least its an attention getter.
 

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Originally posted by Blue_Ninja_150
It's COMPLETELY overcast here. Not just thin clouds, thick ones.
Last time, that's how it was here in FL... I think I saw maybe 10 minutes
during a break about 1/4 phase.


Tonight the view is perfect! I'm trying to grab photos every 5 minutes
or so. Hopefully, I can string them together into a panaramic-like sequence.

We'll see.

(gotta go get the next shot now).
 

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There were spotty high clouds here, but we saw it go. It is now blocked off and on. Pretty cool though. :)
 

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got to see it, very cool... pulled out the microscope and everything

amazes me cause in ny we dont ever get to see much, and call me crazy but all around the moon it was cloudy, yet there was one single clearing right around it... good luck eh? :D
 

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Originally posted by rabidsheeep
got to see it, very cool... pulled out the microscope and everything
LOL!

solar, lunar. microscope, telescope. 220, 240- whatever it takes.


:)













15 bonus points if you caught the movie refernece without visiting imdb.com
 

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Originally posted by Rocketman35
amazes me you can see it with a microscope :p
LOL! I was just thinking the same thing! I totally missed it.
 

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Cool, I just got like a 2 minute glimpse of it! I remember I saw it when I was like 12 or so.
 

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its kinda foggy here, but still could see it, really cool:)
 

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Through the clouds and the cold winter sky here in Cali, looks good...

I love my digital camera!
 

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i'll download my pix tomorrow to see if I got any good ones. Crystal clear here in NH and I got real good views of it between innings :)

Hey, the series was more important. We're going to have another eclipse in 2-3 years. Could be another 86 years before we have another WS win! :D
 

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Originally posted by brianc
Tonight the view is perfect! I'm trying to grab photos every 5 minutes
or so. Hopefully, I can string them together into a panaramic-like sequence.
WoW! This came out much better than I expected!

These were taken with my handheld Cannon PowerShot S1 IS.
I set the camera to Manual, focused at Infinity and varied the f-stop/shutter
speed.

For the early and late shots when the moon was fuller, I was using about
1/125 down to 1/60 @ 3.1 or 3.4. For some the smaller cresents, I needed
to slow waaaay down to 1/25, 1/60, or 1/80. I'm really surprised
those even came out, but the Image Stabilzation did the job!

Afterwards, I selected the best in the series and strung them together
with <a href="http://www.gimp.org/">The GIMP</a> (a Linux[1] photo editor).

I didn't make much of an attempt to frame the moon, except to aim for the
center rectile. Because of this, some of the shots appear larger/smaller
in the panaramic. I attempted to have the moon follow a graceful curve
in the stiched together photo.

These result is completed unretouched, the only thing I did was
select the best exposure, and cut-n-paste into the full shot. I didn't
change any color balance or contrast.

The attachment is a 2/3 reduction to fit TRF upload restrictions. It really
doesn't do the shot justice...

If you like, you can grab either the full size (~285K) or a 1/3 reduction
(~140K) here-

http://www.linuxwidows.com/LunarEclipse_pan-2004-10-27a.jpg

http://www.linuxwidows.com/LunarEclipse_pan-2004-10-27a_66.jpg

ENJOY!






[1] The GIMP is also available for Windows, Mac and other *nix platforms.
Try it! It's FREE.
 

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Originally posted by brianc
LOL!
solar, lunar. microscope, telescope. 220, 240- whatever it takes.

:)

15 bonus points if you caught the movie refernece without visiting imdb.com
Mr. Mom.
That's my favorite (and most quoted) line from that movie. I use it anytime I do a home improvement project. (although I think the quote was "220, 221....whatever it takes")

I took some digital pictures last night too. I haven't put them on the computer yet to see how good/bad they turned out.
 

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I went to check on the eclipse between innings last night. The clouds broke enough to make for good viewing.
 

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Northern Utah was totally overcasted as well.

"Holy cow! What'd you use a .357?"

"357, 358 whatever it took"

Great movie! :D
 

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