Partial Phase of Total Lunar Eclipse on May 16, 2003

After the beginning of the partial phase it was obvious that it would be very dark eclipse because the part of the Moon in the umbral shadow was nearly invisible with naked eyes. I remembered the techniques I use for the total solar eclipse photography and made images with various exposures. The sum of two images was used for creating the picture you are looking at. The image was processed by adaptive filter to manage bigger contrast. The image is near that I saw in my telescope. The sky is of very dark blue color on the image because the dawn was in progress.
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Date16. 05. 2003
Time02:30 UT
PlaceStanovisko hill about 25 km far from Brno city, Czech Republic
ConditionsVery good - clear sky, near horizon very thin fog
OpticsGS 300, 10.8/1000 mm
CameraMinolta X-700
FilmKodak Supra 400
ProcessingComposite of two images processed by means of adaptive ACC procedure
Image processing by Miloslav Druckmüller
ScannerNikon LS 2000 (2750dpi resolution, RGB, 3 × 16bit/pixel, 4 × multisample)
SoftwareSofo ACC 5.0 Scientific Image Analyzer width Match II Module
Copyright© 2003 Miloslav Druckmüller


Miloslav Druckmüller
Institute of Mathematics, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic
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