The Total Lunar Eclipse of August 28, 2007


Five exposures 50 minutes apart show all phases of a total lunar eclipse. My plan was to have the camera track with the background stars to show the round shape of the earth's shadow as the moon moved through it, but apparently the polar alignment was not perfect, so the shadow is a bit lopsided.

Date: August 28, 2007
Time: 1:41 a.m. to 5:01 a.m. MST
Location: Suburban Phoenix, Arizona
Camera: Olympus OM-1 35mm SLR on homemade tracking mount
Film: Fuji Provia 100F slide
Focal length: 200 mm
Aperture and Exposure time:
1:41 a.m. f/32, 1/4 second, full moon
2:31 a.m. f/5.6, 1 second, partial eclipse
3:21 a.m. f/4, 16 seconds, total eclipse
4:11 a.m. f/4, 16 seconds, total eclipse
5:01 a.m. f/16, 1 second, partial eclipse
Scanner: Nikon Coolscan LS-2000 (cropped)

Revised: October 27, 2007
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