Tips for photographing tonight's Lunar Eclipse

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Tips for photographing tonight's Lunar Eclipse

Turn Image Stabilization / Vibration Reduction off on the lens.

Set your camera + lens on a stable tripod, point at the moon and lock it down. Since the moon moves fast, you might need to readjust the position multiple times.

Set camera mode to Manual for full exposure control.

Use remote shutter release or 2 sec timer delay.

Conventional wisdom is to use your camera’s base ISO, but in the case of a fully eclipsed moon use auto ISO and just accept the increased noise.

A fully eclipsed moon might not provide enough light for autofocus to work. Suggest manual focus.

The minimum focal length for getting a good-looking Moon is about 200-300 mm. With a 500-mm lens and a 2-second exposure you can probably get away with a camera on a fixed tripod, but longer exposures or focal lengths will require a tracking mount to prevent blurring due to the turning of the Earth.

Time in partial or full seconds and aperture (f#) control exposure.

Starting point f8, 1 sec - totality lasts ~1 hour take multiple shots. Use a larger aperture (smaller f#) on subsequent tries.

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