09 January 2011

VIDEO: New Moon I Love You

We were so looking forward to seeing the total lunar eclipse in December  A few nights before the skies were crystal clear after a hard freeze.  But a snow storm moved in the very day of the promised moon adventure.  What a disappointment. 

So many, many thanks to William Castleman Gainesville, Florida (USA) who photographed the entire event and made a video of it set to Claude Debussy's Nocturnes: Sirènes.

Mr. Castleman also posted how he did it:

"I appreciate the many notes of thanks and interest sent to me by email since I posted the video on December 21, 2010. I am responding to the many emails that I received requesting information on how the video was made.
I used a 4 inch telescope (Takahashi TSA-102 with TOA-35 field flattener) on an equatorial mount (Losmandy GM-8) that was polar aligned and following the Moon at a lunar tracking rate. Photographs were taken every 20 seconds with a dslr camera (Canon EOS-40D) using EOS Utility software at ISO 100 or ISO 200 in aperture priority mode with variable exposure compensation. Spot metering was used. The tracking was manually corrected every 20 to 30 minutes to keep the Moon centered in the field. Photos were assembled in Quicktime Pro software to make the time lapse video. A software program (Sony Vegas Pro 9) merged the video, music and text. The periodic large field shifts (jerky motion) in the video are due to the manual tracking corrections."
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