Nightscapes & Deep Sky Colors

Astrophotography Brian A. Morganti


Lunar Eclipse Montage October 27, 2004

Lunar Eclipse Montage August 28, 2007

Lunar Eclipse Sequence February 20, 2008


The following 5 images were taken at prime focus 540mm f5.4



Lunar Montage 10-8-2014 Bernville, PA

Images below taken between 6:30 & 6:50 am EDT as the moon set.  Low level moisture/fog gradually obscured the view.





Lunar Eclipse September 27, 2015 Castle Rock, CO

The first image below was taken at 7:17pm MDT as the Earth's shadow takes a "bite" out of the moon.  The second image was taken at 8:13pm MDT near totality

During a lunar eclipse, most of the light illuminating the moon passes through the stratosphere, where it is reddened by scattering.  However, light passing through the upper stratosphere penetrates the ozone layer, which absorbs red light and actually makes the passing light ray bluer.  This relatively rare coloring can be seen in the upper right limb of the moon on the second image below.


7:17pm MDT - Castle Rock, Colorado

Canon 5D MII - 400mm / f5.6 @ 1/2 second - ISO 200


8:13pm MDT - Castle Rock, Colorado

Canon 5D MII - 400mm / f5.6 @ 1 second - ISO 400



Total Lunar Eclipse Montage - January 20-21, 2019

This blended montage starts on the right at 11:41pm when the full eclipse began, the maximum eclipse occurred at 12:12am as shown in the center, and the ending of the full eclipse is shown on the left at 12:43am.

All images were acquired under clear skies using a Canon T1i mounted to a 4" refractor telescope @ 1080mm - ISO 200, with exposures times of 3", 5", and 1" going from right to left (start to finish of totality).



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