Section Report 2018.8.1

A certain law governs all astronomers’ attempts to observe events in the sky – you know the one I mean! It was certainly working against us Friday 27th of July when the much-publicised total eclipse was itself eclipsed by thick clouds. The ensuing thunderstorm brought us some much-needed rain but why, after weeks of clear skies, did it have to come on that particular night?

It seemed that all SPA members had suffered as a result of the weather, but this morning I received this image of the eclipse from David Davies.

 

David was on a P&O cruise ship off the coast of Norway, about 60 degrees north and his picture was taken just after the end of totality. It is a composite of two images: one exposed to capture the Moon and  another, taken a few minutes later, to capture the reflection of moonlight on the sea.

The image was captured using a Fuji X-2 camera and a 55-200 mm lens, set to 200 mm to capture the Moon and then set to 55 mm to capture the seascape. ISO was set 5000  with a 0.5 second exposure to capture the seascape and 1/12 second to capture the Moon image.

David says that a TIFF version of the image is available at:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/aacyc5jdikifOw6/Lunar_eclipse.tif?dl=O

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