Skip to comments.My Amateur Recording to Last Nights Lunar Eclipse Edited To Under 2 Minutes
Posted on 04/15/2014 6:31:52 PM PDT by OneVike
I used a Sony DCR-SR46 Handycam on a tripod to record the eclipse in my back yard. Unfortunately, clouds began rolling in when the eclipse was full and they messed with my cameras focus. So I wasn't able to continue recording all the way to where it returned to the full moon status.
I edited out all the jumping around caused by me readjusting the camera to stay with the moon, and increased the speed of the video so I could get the final result under 2 minutes. It's not the best video, but I worked with what I had.
Just click on the picture below and YouTube will open in another tab you to watch the finalized project.
Looks more like a coal-ash moon than a blood moon.
I appreciate the effort...a lot of work and time. Good job.
My wife was going to wake me up for viewing. However in her opinion it was not worth waking me up for.
its good....tried to stay up but that thing called a job-job kept telling me to go back to bed so I appreciate any and all pics of the cosmos....thx..
The moon did have the red tint, but I am still unsure why it came out that way. I have a color camera, but it came out like I was using black and white film. As I said, I am not a professional, so maybe someone else can clue me in to why it didn’t come out red.
Sure beats anything I got to see in person (thanks to clouds and rain and location). Good job!
Oh wow, awesome! Is that through a telescope? How did you get it without the light blurring everything?
It would be pretty good if that shadow hadn’t blacked out the moon;^)
So if I understand this scientifically, this is caused by Obamas head getting in between the sun and the moon causing the moon to go into darkness. Yes yes, I can see the outline of the ears on the moons surface.
I do believe you have actually figured the mystery out. Good job Holmes.
Just think: It’s been up there in the sky for 4 billion years.
You have to be kidding me, THAT close from a camcorder?? I’m a moron when it comes to tech, so I don’t know, but that’s incredible. You can see the craters!
Yea sure, whatever!
Interestingly, if the moon was that old it would actually be out by Mars I believe, because of the rate per year that the moon is moving away from earth.
I am sure that little inconvenient fact will soon begin a long discussion between those who believe and those who don’t believe in the theory of how old the universe is.
I think you done good. I only have my memory.
We are at 9,700 ft here. No clouds, no city light wash out. It was amazing with a million stars for a nice setting. It seemed I could almost reach out and pluck it from the sky.
Oh yea. Let me see if I can find a screen shot from what i edited out of the video that is real close for you to see.
It may take a few, but I know I can get one for you.
Get John Hagee to add some commentary, and you’ll have a real winner there!
I was one of many who were stuck watching the eclipse online due to LOTS of clouds and rain. What a drag after waiting months for last night.
I did get a few screen caps, at least, and have one here that was just as the eclipse was becoming total......
Good job! Thanks for sharing. My daughter and I did go out and watch for a few minutes, but I was afraid to stay up too long, and risk being unable to go back to sleep.
Wow, that’s a great shot.
You know, after I laid down I was awake for almost an hour. I did not want to wake up this morning, and I was very tired at work today.
Wish I could take the credit. LOL! But NASA got that nice shot. I just did a screen capture to save it to my HD. Had to have something to remember it by since I couldn’t go outside to take pix. Durn weather!!!!!!!!!
Sorry, I don’t have any.
As I looked at the close ups I did get of the moon. It’s real hazy and all due to the slight overcast.It seems my camera wanted to focus on the clouds instead of the moon.
That is why I could not continue after it was fully eclipsed. the cloud were getting worse. I am still wondering if it was the moisture of the clouds that caused havoc with me when I tried to get any closer than I did.
“I was one of many who were stuck watching the eclipse online due to LOTS of clouds and rain. “
I woke up by chance at 3:15, thought about going outside until I heard the rain then rolled over and back to zzzz....
I’m awake all night so lunar eclipses and meteor showers are right up my alley. I was so excited about this eclipse because it’s been a long time since a total one has been visible from here. Then I saw the weather report. :-(
At least we have computers and livestream so we don’t have to miss these events completely. Still, it just isn’t the same.
That’s pretty good. It’s too bad you couldn’t get the earth to stop turning. When I was a kid I taped an Instamatic to a binocular eyepiece and used the other for aiming at a lunar eclipse. It worked.
There are people who hand hold telescopes and get pictures of satellites. They’ve even been able to image spacewalkers. The key is to take hundreds of pictures and keep the few good ones.
This is great!
(But where’s the flag? Oh, yes - it’s on Mars. Never mind! ;-)
The moon did have the red tint, but I am still unsure why it came out that way. I have a color camera, but it came out like I was using black and white film. As I said, I am not a professional, so maybe someone else can clue me in to why it didnt come out red.
Some cameras, in particular, security cameras, will switch to black and white when the light level is low. Or more likely, if the camera has automatic white balance, it could have incorrectly compensated for tungsten lighting.
That’s pretty cool. My video camera has a 40 x optical zoom on it, but you need a tripod to hold it steady, and when I had to move it to catch up with the moon I would lose it at times.
On a clear summer day I have been able to get so close that I can see the canyons on the moon. However, as I said, on tiny bump and all of a sudden I’m focusing on a star out in the galaxy someplace.
The tripod I have is not the best either. So when I am extremely focused in it seems that if someone walks by it shakes which causes it to lose what i am focused on. LOL
As I told GJMY, one time I zoomed in on the hairs on a bees legs from about 10 feet away or more. It was on a flower and just the slightest move made it difficult to keep focused. It’s an awesome camera, but I seldom find things I can film when zooming in due to the unsteadiness of my hands or the old tripod I have that causes problems.
LOL, silly you, everyone knows it’s on mars, What were you thinking?
Good Job! Astrophotography is tough. Plus, 3 more chances are on the way.
You know, I vaguely remembering when I read the pamphlet instructions, (onetime way back when we purchased it) that it had something in them about a white balance deal going on with it. So that could be it.
Thanks again. I’ll see if I can scrounge up the instructions and see what it says.
Too bad Obama didn’t turn his head. As a result, you didn’t see the bright spot right in the middle.
I stayed up to watch it, then got busy so missed it. Thanks for capturing it and sharing with us. Toward the end it appeared to be a purplish haze around the moon. Was that there, or some optical illusion from the film? Do you know?
The only thing I can even imagine that could have happened is one of those brain eclipses that I’ve heard of, but those only happen to blondes.
Oh, wait ...
That was very nice, thanks. Since I missed it I just got to enjoy it.
Kudos on the the job you did with what you had to work with As stated earlier, Astrophotography can be very challenging. I kind of miss being able to do it anymore (NOT staying up all night at sub-freezing temperatures, however ;)
Luckily I live in an area of california that never ever gets to sub freezing. As a rule the temp never gets below 25% and even then it’s rare. So star gazing is a relatively comfortable hobby.
I did the same thing for the Solar eclipse we had tow (?) years ago. I just never reduced it to 2 minute or so video. I still have the footage though.
Cool When I was in my “prime,” connecting a video camera directly to my scope was nearly impossible. I did have an 8-inch Schmidt with an equatorial clock mount, and adapters for an old SLR; I was able to fine-tune the tracking on say, a crater or a sunspot, and fire away onto old-style film(!) to capture a sequence of these events.
Actually, I still have most of the equipment, but the ravages of old age & disease have made me just a spectator now, plus an occasional ‘Shopper ;)
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