Total lunar eclipse【AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR】

A total lunar eclipse caused a stir in Japan on the night of November 8, 2022. Many of you may have looked up at the night sky to see this rare event, in which Uranus also overlapped with the moon. I’m sure that there are many more amazing photos of this kind on the web, so I’ve included the names of the lenses in the title of this article in order to help you evaluate the equipment. All photos were taken with a D500 camera on a tripod with an exposure delay of 2 seconds, and cropping was done as necessary.

It was the beginning of the moon. It was still quite bright.

Beginning of the waning of the moon in a total lunar eclipse
500mm F8 1/90 sec ISO100

It’s bright and you can still use the telecon. Is it possible to capture the unevenness of the contours? I don’t think it is the fluctuation of the earth’s atmosphere since it roughly matches the photo above.

Surface of the Moon using 1.4x telecon
1.4x teleconverter (TC-14E III) attached 700mm F11 1/125 sec ISO200
Just before the total lunar eclipse
1.4x teleconverter (TC-14E III) attached 700mm F11 1/90 sec ISO6400

The moon is turning red. Adjusting the optimum shutter speed. 10 seconds is quite a long time.

Total lunar eclipse. Red moon at 10 sec shutter speed.
500mm F5.6 10 sec ISO100

At this angle of view, the shutter speed at which the image does not flow is limited to about 1/3. 1/4 to 1/6 may be desired.

Total lunar eclipse
500mm F5.6 1/3 sec ISO800

Forty minutes later, a magnificent red moon is floating in the sky. It was different from the usual moon in terms of three-dimensionality. I realized again that it is a celestial body floating in space. The surrounding stars are slightly emphasized to make them easier to see.

A total lunar eclipse. The moon appears to float in space.
Too much Legend of Zelda makes the red moon look different. | 500mm F5.6 1/4 sec ISO3200

Just before Uranus hides behind the moon (at 7 o’clock position). I was able to re-focus in live view before this photo, so I think I got a pretty close to the best shot.

Just before Uranus hides behind the moon during a total lunar eclipse
500mm F5.6 1/6 sec ISO3200

This one is just before it really disappears. It’s a little too close to the edge, so the previous photo is better.

Just before Uranus hides behind the moon during a total lunar eclipse
500mm F5.6 1/6 sec ISO3200

The astronomical show is over. Why do we see the red side better than at the beginning of the chipping?

End of total lunar eclipse
500mm F5.6 1/8 sec ISO800

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