Last night the weather was perfect for observing the lunar eclipse, and we had a great location for viewing. Laura’s Chemistry Techniques class was having an end-of-term party at the Hanks-Veas estate north of Travelers Rest. The skies up there were certainly darker than our downtown location, so I loaded up telescopes, cameras, and binoculars and headed on up.
There was a good-sized gathering of students, with more faculty than I expected. I set up the scopes on Tim’s front deck and in his front yard, and we let the students view the eclipse. Many had never looked through a telescope, or had ever really paid attention to the night sky.
I used my Nikon D50 attached to the Celestron C90 for most of my shots. I also set up my Nikon S50 on a tripod and set it to interval mode so that it would take a picture every five minutes. I then combined the shots to create an animated GIF file.
We had to stay until Laura so light starting on the other side. It wasn’t a perfectly symmetrical eclipse, but it was still pretty darn close.