Cloud Totality – 4th April 2015 Total Lunar Eclipse

Cloud Totality - Total Lunar Eclilpse 4th April 2015

Cloud Totality – Total Lunar Eclilpse 4th April 2015. Note: The specks on the centre and left of frame are actually stars.

Partially Eclipsed, In a halo of ice crystals. Total Lunar Eclipse 4th April 2015. The colourful halo around the moon is due to refraction of light through the clouds in our atmosphere, resulting in a subtle rainbow.

Partially Eclipsed, In a halo of ice crystals. Total Lunar Eclipse 4th April 2015. The colourful halo around the moon is due to refraction of light through the clouds in our atmosphere, resulting in a subtle rainbow.

Photographing through the clouds - Cloud Totality of the 4th April 2015 Lunar Eclipse

Photographing through the clouds – Cloud Totality of the 4th April 2015 Lunar Eclipse

The April 4th 2015 Total Lunar Eclipse from Perth Western Australia was a largely cloudy experience but we persevered and were amazed what the camera pulled out from behind the clouds!

Visually the moon was barely if at all visible throughout totality with cloud obscuring the dimly lit Moon. Luckily the camera was more successful!

Perth Observatory Shoot Photography Night

Perth Observatory Astrograph under the stars of the MIlky Way.

Perth Observatory Astrograph under the stars of the MIlky Way.

Perth Observatory Emu with Astrograph Dome

Perth Observatory Emu with Astrograph Dome

Last night I enjoyed a beautiful evening under the stars at the Perth Observatory with participants from my Shoot Photography Studio Nightscapes workshop. The evening was just perfect – cool but not freezing, slight breeze but not too strong, no cloud!

Thanks to everyone who came along and had a great time. We got to photograph the Moon and Jupiter through an observatory telescope followed by lots of nightscapes and star trail shots, learning the ins and outs of focusing, tracking, ISO, noise reduction and where all our camera buttons are in the dark! I run the Shoot Photography Studio Nightscapes workshop several times each year and also provide one-on-one tutoring on-demand.

Eta Carina Fuji X-E2 Test

Eta Carina Nebula - Fuji X-E2 Test shot (1 frame, 6400ISO, 2 minute exposure)

Eta Carina Nebula – Fuji X-E2 Test shot (1 frame, 6400ISO, 2 minute exposure)

A little while ago I purchased an adaptor to fit my Fuji X-E2 on to my telescopes. It’s been a busy few months so I hadn’t had a chance to play with it until now. Last night I snapped a few pictures to test how the camera performs. It turns out I need another adapter (surprise surprise!) and so the tests ended up being without my field-flattener/corrector (which is sub-optimal). By not being able to include the field flattener you can notice some distortion around the periphery of the frame. This is easily cleaned up when having the correct combination of lenses used in the telescope – perhaps another night soon once I have sourced an adapter.

It is interesting to see what the Fuji can do. This nebula may be one of the brightest in the sky, and so one of the easiest and least challenging for the Fuji, but still it was very easy to bring out the colour. So far I am finding the Fuji X-E2 provides easier colour, especially in the reds and pinks, than the Canon 6D, and has no more noise than the 6D – perhaps less.