Lunar Eclipse

It isn’t a great photo. This was a serious test of my camera and it failed in a couple of ways!

  • The electronic viewfinder and rear display were both useless on a subject this dim. I just couldn’t find it. I had to take a photo, preview it to see where in the frame the moon was, adjust the camera position then zoom in a bit and repeat until I had a full-frame shot!
  • The longest shutter speed I had was 2s, and so I had to use ISO320, which is pretty noisy on my camera.

There were also a few things the camera did well:

  • Auto-focus didn’t work of course, but the camera has manual focus so I could just set it at infinity.
  • The zoom is nice and long (12x – 35mm equivalent of 420mm).
  • I could pre-set the white balance while the moon was still white, and so get a “proper red” rather than have the camera changethe colours on me.

Afterwards, this was run through Neat Image to remove some of the noise, but there’s another failure of my system. Neat Image couldn’t find a piece of the picture good enough to build a noise profile from. I had to do that by hand and the profile isn’t great so the results aren’t, either.

The end result is this:

All in all, I’m quite pleased with this. It doesn’t look great, but under the circumstances I expect I’d need much more expensive equipment to do significantly better.

I have a series of shots leading up to the totality, but I’ll post those some other time. It is bedtime now!

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  1. Good effort. I had similar experiences with 12x optical and ISO400 (noise) on my Canon S2 IS. I had a go with ISO 50, F/8 and a 15s exposure but it turns out that the moon moves far enough in 15 seconds to blur it! It would have looked rather bright so that was a shame.

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