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Lunar Eclipse December 10, 2011 Orange County

December 12, 2011 by  
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Eclipse phases at Top of The World Laguna Beach, CA 12-12-11

It’s been a while since I’ve done some astronomy. But I finally got out again last weekend. I almost did not go, because the lunar eclipse was going to be in totality until it was light. I ended up going because when I started to look it up, I found out that the next total lunar eclipse visible in the states would not be until 2014. I did not want to wait that long, and I wanted to take the opportunity to see a lunar eclipse with my daughter while she is still young.


The eclipse in the morning light.

We got up early and went to Top of The World in Laguna Beach. I was surprised by how many people were there. There were lawn chairs, blankets, cameras, and at the top of the hill there was even somebody camping. I was the only one with a kid and a telescope: two things that usually don’t go together well when you are trying to image.

My buddy and I set up our tripods and started to take some snapshots. The field of view I wanted was really wide, but the moon was too small for the eclipse to be really visible so decided to shoot through my scope instead. I’m glad I did because I got some cool shots. It was also fun to be out when the moon was out. Usually when you are doing astronomy you usually plan your trips when the moon is not in the sky. It’s funny because we stare at all these celestial items that are sometimes too hard to even see, yet we have this awesome super bright object close to us and we hardly ever really pay that much attention to it!

I got an interesting shot taken the night before the eclipse. I had to make sure I could setup my gear properly since it has been so long since I’ve done imaging through my telescope. As I was framing the moon up in the viewfinder of the camera, I saw a plane fly across the moon. Luckily I had my remote in my hand so I was able to catch some smoke trails going through the moon. I got a cool image, but I really wanted to catch the plane!

A camera and telescope test the night before catches a plane flying by.

Equipment used: Nikon D40, Baader Coma Corrector, Celestron Omni XLT 150mm reflector on a CG-4 mount.


3 Responses to “Lunar Eclipse December 10, 2011 Orange County”
  1. First Officer Ippei says:

    Great article, really awesome shots, especially the contrails in front of the moon!

  2. Curtis says:

    Where’d you guys go?

  3. theharvester says:

    We went to Top of The World in Laguna Beach, California.

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