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The Bellinghman
Date: 2008-02-19 23:31
Subject: Eclipse warning
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There will be a total lunar eclipse tomorrow night. It's not the most convenient time for UK residents, being between 3 and 4 am GMT.

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Ian: IO
User: liasbluestone
Date: 2008-02-20 08:51 (UTC)
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They're also predicting around 100% cloud cover, around here at least.
Currently wondering if it's worth waking ourselves up to check.
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Linz
User: k425
Date: 2008-02-20 08:54 (UTC)
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Something astronomical? It'll be cloudy/raining/foggy/snowing then.
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2008-02-20 09:25 (UTC)
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Well, yes, that seems to go with the territory in this country.

(And not just here - we flew to Stuttgart for the solar eclipse, and got rained on for its entirety.)
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User: silly_swordsman
Date: 2008-02-20 08:59 (UTC)
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I'll to check the forecast, and if there's any chance of seeing it I'll go to bed early and get up for this, along with #2 who is interested in astronomy (well, he's an 8-year old boy who got a cheap telescope from his grandfather for Christmas).

Now I've just got to figure out what exposure time I'll need for this, as I expect it'll be too dark to have it on automatic (although AC's Nikon F3 house does go quite far up, IIRC), and find the 210mm lens.
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oldbloke
User: oldbloke
Date: 2008-02-20 09:19 (UTC)
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Surprisingly easy to overexpose if you try to use any meter, as the moon doesn't fill enough of its sensor coverage. Look it up on t'web instead.
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User: silly_swordsman
Date: 2008-02-20 10:44 (UTC)
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Yes, I suspected as much. This site seems to know what they're talking about, and unlike the first few I browsed to it doesn't expect you to hook the camera up to a telescope, so I'm making a note of it here.
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Ian
User: liasbluestone
Date: 2008-02-20 11:27 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
knowitall_teen got a couple of nice ones of the eclipse last August. I'll ping her to check the exposure on those.
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knowitall_teen
User: knowitall_teen
Date: 2008-02-20 18:13 (UTC)
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I used a 2.5 second exposure last time and got some good ones.
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User: silly_swordsman
Date: 2008-02-21 13:12 (UTC)
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Unfortunately the British weather prevented any photos this time, but thanks anyway.
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2008-02-21 13:37 (UTC)
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We looked out at bedtime, noted the forecast, and decided it was going to be very unlikly to magically clear any time useful.

A shame, given the weather over the previous week or so.
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oldbloke
User: oldbloke
Date: 2008-02-20 09:20 (UTC)
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It's not the most convenient time for UK residents, being between 3 and 4 am GMT.

It does of course HAVE to be at night, by definition.
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2008-02-20 09:23 (UTC)
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Yes, but there's a difference between 3-4 am and what the Alaskans will have: 6-7 pm.
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sphyg
User: sphyg
Date: 2008-02-20 10:01 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Ooh, thanks for the heads up. Though given the weather I'll probably only bother looking if I have insomnia ;)
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