Lunar Eclipse, 15 June 2011

2018-04-19T13:58:09+00:00 16th June 2011|Categories: General|Tags: , , , |

Last night in Durban we were treated to a rare astronomical spectacle in the form of a “deep lunar eclipse”. The skies were perfect for this and between 8.30pm and sometime around midnight, the full moon was bathed in a coppery red glow as the earth’s shadow moved across it’s face. Apparently the red glow was enhanced by volcanic ash from an active volcano in Chile. Or so I read.

I tried to get a decent photograph of the event, but with only a 70-200mm lens the moon simply wasn’t big enough on my frame for it to have much photographic impact. It also didn’t help much that it was directly above my head when I eventually set up the tripod to attempt the shot, so there is no sense of scale.

Anyway, this is what I got from my Nikon D700 and Sigma 70-200mm 2.8 OS.


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