I’ve long been meaning to borrow some exotic lens I can’t justify buying from the good folks at LensRentals, and last night’s eclipse gave me the perfect excuse. The 80-400mm zoom I rented turned out not to be the exact lens I wanted for lunar photography, but it gave me an improvement over last year’s eclipse shot at least.
October 8’s total lunar eclipse caught me a bit flat-footed (“Wait — there’s an eclipse tomorrow?”) but I was determined to watch and photograph it.
My nephew stayed over at our house the previous night, so we had to wrangle three boys into shoes, coats, and van, and thence a short way into the country. I did manage to pack my longest lens, which is not really long enough for this type of thing, but it’s the best I have. This image was made with an old slow 70-210mm zoom at full extension, f/5.6, high ISO, and manual focus via Live View.
The boys spent most of their time complaining about one thing or another, but they did see the eclipse, and I pointed out a few constellations too. Hopefully this won’t be our last celestial outing.