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    Default Lunar Eclipse Image Chain??



    Hey all...

    I don't think I'm going to get full eclipse due to trees and such and was wondering which route i should take for the image chain. Periodic adjustments focus/exposure/aperture/etc can be done on the fly no matter the chain.

    chain 1: 300mm lens on dslr (on standard tripod)
    chain 2: celestron 6" sct + dslr
    chain 3: celestron 6" sct + asi120mc (never used/set up before)

    Per clear outside, conditions are supposed to be pretty clear... just my neighborhood is very wooded and i don't really have some place i can go set up and image on a work night (and still function the next day)

    I'm leaning towards 1, but am open to ideas. Thx in advance.

    EDIT: There's a decent chance I will also be running my camcorder in interval recording mode also

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    Default Re: Lunar Eclipse Image Chain??

    I used a Canon 60d with a 300mm lens for the solar eclipse on a standard tripod. It left a lot of dead space on the sensor but is enough to capture proms and sunspots in some detail. Image size for the eclipsed Moon will be about the same as the solar disk before totality, so it is doable.

    My other option is connecting up my usual AP setup with the 6" 750mm fl reflector. My decision will be determined more by the weather than anything else. ATM, I am leaning toward the Canon with the 300mm lens (at least in part so I don't have to babysit everything outside on what promises to be a very cold night here).

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    Default Re: Lunar Eclipse Image Chain??

    My guess is the size of the Moon in the finished product will be more in line with the image size from the 300mm. As such, I’d probably go with that.

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    Default Re: Lunar Eclipse Image Chain??

    Quote Originally Posted by bobharmony View Post
    I used a Canon 60d with a 300mm lens for the solar eclipse on a standard tripod. It left a lot of dead space on the sensor but is enough to capture proms and sunspots in some detail. Image size for the eclipsed Moon will be about the same as the solar disk before totality, so it is doable.

    My other option is connecting up my usual AP setup with the 6" 750mm fl reflector. My decision will be determined more by the weather than anything else. ATM, I am leaning toward the Canon with the 300mm lens (at least in part so I don't have to babysit everything outside on what promises to be a very cold night here).

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    Basically same boat w/ me. Per clear outside, still supposed to be clear, even if ~20°F wind chill.

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    My guess is the size of the Moon in the finished product will be more in line with the image size from the 300mm. As such, I’d probably go with that.

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    Looking at my old 300mm shots, you're probably right.

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    Default Re: Lunar Eclipse Image Chain??

    I was getting ready to ask the same question about my gear....

    Considering the trees I would probably setup using the lens and tripod. If they are deciduous trees (leafy) not evergreen trees you could make quick adjustments to thread the needle. Even if they are evergreen trees the tripod setup will be more mobile to frame the moon with the trees.
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    Default Re: Lunar Eclipse Image Chain??

    Quote Originally Posted by madperk View Post
    I was getting ready to ask the same question about my gear....

    Considering the trees I would probably setup using the lens and tripod. If they are deciduous trees (leafy) not evergreen trees you could make quick adjustments to thread the needle. Even if they are evergreen trees the tripod setup will be more mobile to frame the moon with the trees.
    That's what I ended up doing. Too sketchy to move OTA and gear around.

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