I don’t like to burst anyone’s bubble, but when I see people taking a point-and-shoot digital camera, turning on the flash, aiming it at the moon while it goes through the total lunar eclipse phase, well, it is kind of funny and sad at the same time. I did not spend that much time looking up at the blood red moon, I just took glimpses of it when it is was in totality, however; I spent more time look at all the flashes going off around the neighbourhood. I would like to see the photo that did turn out though?
I saw only one guy who seemed to know what he was doing. He had his digital SLR camera mounted on a telescope tripod with a clutch motor mount to compensate for the Earth’s rotation. He was doing both a time-laps and 2 to 20 seconds exposures with two different cameras. A far cry from the point-and-shoot cameras that everyone else was using. The telephoto lens would make or break the quality of the images as anything under 100mm would not capture the detail of the moon’s surface during totality.
It was great to see so many people standing outside in the cool weather, planted along the driveways and side walks, looking up at the moon. Events like this seem to make people pause and wonder, even makes the odd person weird…. But anyway, I notice a sense of enlightenment when people gather like this. I heard one fellow say that he wondered what people thought of way back in the “cave man” era when the moon turned red like this? In a couple of hours it was all over, and the neighbourhood returned to back normal.