One would have to live in a cave to not have been aware of the recent lunar eclipse.
This event was my first opportunity to put the iOptron Sky Guider Pro to the test with a real photographic situation.
A friend of mine and I spent the evening of January 20th on my backyard deck. He brought two astro-photography telescopes and I used my Nikon D7200 with a Nikkor 200-500mm zoom lens connected to the Sky Guider from a tripod.
My plan was to photograph the progress of the eclipse from full moon to totality and back to full moon, at 5 minute intervals.
The weather here in Denver was a little dicey, with high hazy clouds hovering over the area for most of the day until shortly after moon-rise. The skies did manage to clear up with only an occasional fuzzy cloud passing by.
After setting up our gear, we were treated to a Fried Chicken dinner that my wife graciously cooked up for us boys playing with our toys.
Fried Chicken and an eclipse. Life is good.
Things went well until about 20 minutes past totality, when the temperature dropped below the dew point and all the equipment frosted over with ice. Too much moisture in the atmosphere to prevent it from happening on a cold January night.
We still had a good evening that I would call a success. I do wish that I’d got the last hour and a half of the eclipse in, but as they say, you don’t always get what you want.
The Sky Guider Pro behaved quite well. I think it tracks a slight bit faster than the moon moves, but a couple of tweaks to the position of the drive throughout the evening solved the problem of the moon moving off frame.
Still, I’m happy with the results. It turned out to be a very nice way to spend an evening with a long-time friend and his son.
The composite the different phases of the event turned out nicely.
Don’t you think?