The weather had been just perfect for days leading up to the eclipse but on the day, yes, you guessed it, the clouds began to roll in just ready to pounce and spoil our special event.
Many of our club members had planned to meet and enjoy the eclipse along the foreshore at Paradise Point, but with the strong SE winds coming off the ocean and thick clouds creeping up from the horizon, we all decided it was not going to happen. So I decided to rush home and try my luck, where my 127mm refractor was already set up in the hope that it might clear later in the evening.
So with a lot of optimism, I attached my camera to the back of the telescope and waited…
Because of all the cloud streaming across the sky, I had to wait patiently until there were tiny clear patches between the clouds, then I quickly fired away with the shutter release and captured my images…after nearly 5 hours of this, all I can say is…I go my pictures :-)
My setting were all over the place because of the cloudy conditions, but because the Moon did not go right into the middle of the Earths shadow the northern edge was still quite light so the longest exposure was only 4 seconds.
The camera settings with the Canon 700D were:
Partial eclipse U1: exposure 1/640th and ISO 200
Full Eclipse: exposure 4 seconds and ISO 400
Partial eclipse U4: exposure 1/125th second and ISO 100
Full Moon: 1/500th second and ISO 100