Cloudy Total Lunar Eclipse
Posted: 26 May 2021
Tuesday, 25 May 2021, dawned clear but clouds began arriving mid-morning with an overcast sky forecast for Tuesday night and Wednesday morning for the Total Lunar Eclipse.
I woke up early Wednesday morning to an overcast sky, as seen in this iPhone 11 Pro Max photo of the clouds and Moon taken at 0139 MST.
I decided to give the Total Lunar Eclipse a try anyway. I initially set up the Nikon D850 DSLR with Tamron 150-600mm lens on the iOptron SkyTracker Pro. Unfortunately, the support arm was slipping on the polar axis due to a torn rubber pad. I then mounted the D850 DSLR directly onto a camera tripod. The sky remained overcast with thick clouds at times. I took the following photographs during the eclipse.
0245 MST: partial phase began (no photo)
0254 MST: clouds illuminated by the Moon (FL 150mm)
0259 MST: partially eclipsed Moon (FL 600mm)
0348 MST: partially eclipsed Moon (FL 600mm)
0410 MST: total phase began (FL 600mm)
0419 MST: mid-eclipse (FL 600mm)
0421 MST: clouds and totally eclipsed Moon (iPhone)
0428 MST: total phase end (FL 600mm)
0453 MST: partially eclipsed (FL 600mm)
0509 MST: northeastern sky as sunrise approached (iPhone)
0514 MST: eclipsed Moon hidden by clouds (iPhone)
0526 MST: Moonset (no photo)
0553 MST: partial phase end (no photo)
Tuesday afternoon, 25 May, I was a guest on the Explore Alliance Presents show to discuss my new autobiography, Finding my Way to the Stars.
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