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Old Dec 20, 2010, 2:07 AM   #1
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Default Lunar Eclipse Tonight

Tonight early in the morning of Tuesday Dec. 21 The full moon passes through the earth's shadow, starting around 1:33am EST. Totality begins at 2:41am EST and lasts for 72 minutes. I've only had my new Panasonic Lumix ZS7 for a couple days now, and am not familiar with it. I'd like very much to be able to use it to photograph this event, and would appreciate any help from those here, how best to do that. First, focus, I tried tonight to get the auto-focus to focus on the full moon and it wouldn't do it. How can I lock the focus at infinity? Also, how do I control exposure and apature. I have a small telescope and an old equatorial mount, I think I may attemp to align and set up so I can piggyback the camera to do longer exposures. Since I'm unfamiliar with this camera's fetures, Would appreciate any assistance how best to do this.

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Old Dec 20, 2010, 6:36 AM   #2
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Good morning,

This is not meant to be sarcastic. So, don't take offense, but I would recommend you Google: How to photograph a lunar eclipse.
You'll get a myriad of tutorials on the subject within which you can choose which fits your needs the best.

Here's a link to one: http://www.mreclipse.com/LEphoto/LEphoto.html

You can also go to the Knowledge Center of this site and run a search in the photography tips section. There are many examples from which to choose.'


So you want to be a better photographer? Open your eyes and take a look at what is all around you.
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Old Dec 20, 2010, 7:13 AM   #3
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JDBraddy, i know you meant well, but posting the same question in two places is awkward at best. a link to the original posting might have been better, anyway, i responded in the other thread. 100% cloud here in toronto this morning so couldn't even see the moon. hopefully, "intermittent cloud" will be better tonight.
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Old Dec 22, 2010, 9:17 AM   #4
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The conditions here for photograhing it were perfect with one exception! It was too darn cold! I went out and looked and retreated back to the warmth.
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Old Dec 22, 2010, 1:03 PM   #5
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Solid clouds and snow here. That's OK, 'cause I needed the sleep. I got some decent shots of the eclipse about 6 years ago - was about 20 degrees f, and I had to keep swapping batteries, as the NiMH cells lost capacity fast at that temp.

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