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Total Lunar Eclipse

Posted: 16 May 2022

Open: Sunday, 15 May 2022, 1844 MST
Temperature: 87°F
Session: 1766
Conditions: Mostly clear, breezy

12" f/8 LX600 w/StarLock
2" 24mm UWA eyepiece
Focal reducer
12x50 binoculars

iPhone 13 Pro Max

SYNCed observatory and D850 DSLR clocks to WWV time signals. Prepared D850 DSLR for imaging.

1858-1945 MST: Relaxed on observatory patio bench.

1917 MST: Sunset (time approximate due to clouds in the western sky).

1946 MST: LX600 ON, StarLock OFF, High Precision OFF.

Clouds increasing. Slewed to the Moon, still behind the hill to the southeast.

1950 MST: iPhone 13 Pro Max photo of the observatory and clouds in the western sky.


1952-2020 MST: Relaxed on bench and watched the stars come out.

2017 MST: The Moon rose over the hill with the eclipse in-progress.

2024 MST: Viewed the eclipsed Moon with the 12" telescope, 102X.

2029 MST: Totality began. Viewed the Moon, 12x50 binoculars. Very nice view. This was a very dark eclipse.

2044 MST: Mounted the D850 DSLR at prime focus + focal reducer.

2052 MST: iPhone 13 Pro Max photo of the eclipsed Moon and stars, taken with the iOS Camera app (Night Mode, 3 seconds, 1X lens, handheld).


During the eclipse when I was not taking images through the 12" telescope I watched the eclipse from the bench and used the 12x50 binoculars.

2112 MST: Mid-eclipse, D850 DSLR (1 second, ISO 1600, White Balance 4550K).

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The view of this dark eclipse at mid-eclipse using the 12x50 binoculars was very impressive.

2125 MST: Viewed Omega Centauri (globular cluster), 12x50 binoculars. Also viewed M13 (Great Globular Cluster in Hercules), 12x50 binoculars.

As the eclipse progressed I had to worry about a band of clouds that would occasionally approach the Moon. This iPhone photo was taken near the end of the partial phase.


From mid-eclipse until shortly after the end of the partial phase I took images of the Moon using exposures ranging from 1 second to 1/8000sec, ISO 1600, WB4550K. Ended imaging at 2307 MST due to clouds.

This is a montage of the eclipse.

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2313 MST: Viewed the Moon in the clouds, 102X.

2314 MST: LX600 OFF.

Close: Sunday, 15 May 2022, 2322 MST
Temperature: 72°F
Session Length: 4h 38m
Conditions: Partly cloudy, breezy

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