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Old February 21st, 2008, 08:48 AM   #1
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Lunar eclipse with the V1

We had a nice Lunar eclipse viewable from here in the Western North Carolina mountains last night ... at least it showed when the clouds were not in the way.

As an experiment, I shot it with my V1 using only the standard 20x lens that comes on it. I did magnify the footage 200% in post just so the Moon would be a bit larger, but the last part of my resulting 6-minute film -- the time lapse -- is actual size.

You can see it at:

http://urtvforums.org/eclipse.php

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Old February 21st, 2008, 09:41 AM   #2
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You sure made it difficult to see, went from page to page ending up in a full circle with no video, would have have liked to see video, I am in Calif and it had too much cloud cover
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Old February 21st, 2008, 09:49 AM   #3
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You sure made it difficult to see, went from page to page ending up in a full circle with no video, would have have liked to see video, I am in Calif and it had too much cloud cover
sounds like you may need to upgrade to Adobe Flash Player 9... if there's no video on the page just click on the link to upgrade.

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Old February 21st, 2008, 10:04 AM   #4
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Hi Ralph,

I wonder if they were the same clouds as in Hillsborough?!

I didn't get to see much of it but I did a lucky break at around 10:15pm. I have a very short clip here:

http://www.enosoft.net/videos/Eclipse2.wmv

According to NASA, the moon should have been at full eclipse but clearly it wasn't...

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Old February 21st, 2008, 10:06 AM   #5
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sounds like you may need to upgrade to Adobe Flash Player 9... if there's no video on the page just click on the link to upgrade.

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It may be a browser thing. If I click on your link with IE6, a new page opens up but it is the non-Flash page.

If I copy the URL, launch a new instance of IE and paste the URL then the Flash version opens correctly.
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Old February 21st, 2008, 10:59 AM   #6
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It may be a browser thing. If I click on your link with IE6, a new page opens up but it is the non-Flash page.

If I copy the URL, launch a new instance of IE and paste the URL then the Flash version opens correctly.
I gave up on IE long ago... use Firefox now ... but it may be a conflict between IE and Adobe -- I keep getting an error message when I try to upgrade Flash in IE. Yet another reason to abandon IE because I'm not Flash back to 8 -- having H.264 and HD capability is just too durn neat. ;-) ... hopefully, Microsoft will get the issue resolved soon.
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oops, my bad ... when I exited IE and re-entered, Flash 9 works fine.
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Ralph can you tell me what settings you used to shoot the moon?
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Ralph can you tell me what settings you used to shoot the moon?
sure... put your lens aperture all the way up (11? something like that) and shutter speed at 10000 ... that way details like the craters come through instead of a big blob of light. ;-)

you'll have to experiment just a little for the best image but the above will get you in the neighborhood.

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You have to expose for the moon just like you would any other daylight situation -- after all you are shooting something that is fully illuminated by the sun, remember it is "broad daylight" on the moon wherever the sun is shining on it... no matter what phase it's in (full, crescent etc.), except when it's a new moon, then the only light it's getting from our point of view is earthshine.

See some sample images here:
http://www.dvinfo.net/conf/showthread.php?t=68960
http://www.dvinfo.net/conf/showthread.php?t=67201
(obviously these are *not* eclipse photos!)
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