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Monday, September 28, 2015

The Eclipse that Wasn't

I was hoping to attempt to photograph last night's much publicized eclipse.  A couple years ago I managed to get some half-way decent pictures of a lunar eclipse while I was in Mexico.

Although the weather forecast was not promising, my hopes rose when yesterday turned out to be a pleasant, mostly sunny day.  However, in the late afternoon the clouds rolled in.

In the early evening I was on the phone with Alejandro.  I asked him if he was going to be able to see the eclipse in Mexico City.  He said, "No".  It was cloudy there and the forecast called for rain all night.  While we were talking I stepped outside.  My hopes rose when I saw that there were breaks in the cloud cover.

I went outside with my camera several times between 9 and 11 PM.  The breaks were nowhere near where the moon was rising in the east. 

So, I have no photos of the "red moon".  All I got was this picture of the moonlight filtering through a thin spot in the clouds.

 
 
Did any of my readers have better luck viewing the eclipse?

5 comments:

  1. Alejandro suffered the same fate as "Edgar," in Tehuacán, where it was also cloudy and afforded no view of the eclipse.

    I went out with some friends, my camera, and a tripod, and managed to get a bunch of good shots. I need to put them on my blog.

    Saludos,

    Kim G
    Boston, MA
    Where we like the term "lunatic." It suggests an appreciation of all things lunar.

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    1. Now you have two topics for posts on your blog... New England covered bridges and the lunar eclipse.
      ¡Saludos!

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  2. We had a few wispy clouds here in southern Wisconsin, but not enough to prevent some good eclipse viewing. I don't have a tripod, though, so I couldn't get any good photos. (I tried without one, but the shutter speed was so slow, I ended up with multiple moons.) It was very cool to see...er, wait. I mean, you didn't miss anything. It was boring. ;-)

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    1. Glad you were able to see it. A couple years ago there was an eclipse while I was in Mexico City. From the balcony of my apartment I had a perfect view of the eclipse. Even though I didn't have a tripod I managed to get some decent pictures.

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    2. You must have a steady hand!

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