A composite of the different phases over our trees.
A stacked and improved image during (almost) maximum.
And a video of the entire eclipse:
A couple of lessons learned:
- I have to figure out how to track the moon better. I though that the Mach1 mount would track the moon when I center it on the moon, but it was still tracking the stars. Had to do a lot of recentering - which resulted in these jumps.
- At the absolute maximum, ControlMyNikon failed! I had to restart the laptop to reconnect it and shoot. I should try to use DSLR Stacker (which I could if tracking would be better)
- I was surprised how much darker the moon is during the eclipse. Before the eclipse, I had to shoot with ISO100 and 1/100 sec exposure time. At the maximum of the eclipse, I went to ISO2500 and 1 sec exposure time!!! You can see how much I was off sometimes in the video.
Processing these images was SOOOOO different from regular deep space object processing.