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ASSA Lunar Eclipse Photo Competition
Last updated on 1 May 2007

Lunar Eclipse Competition Gallery (competition closed on 15 April 2007)

These photos are all of the March 3-4 (2007) Lunar Eclipse, as seen from South Africa.

These photos are copyrighted to the respective photographers and may not be re-used without their prior consent.


1st place winner was Anton Matthee of Pretoria (see photo). Second place went to Pierre Desplace of North Riding, Randburg (see photo). Honourable mention was made of the photo by 8-year old Sarah Gray from Johannesburg (see photo).


Submitted 15 April 2007

Photographer: Mark Kisogloo

Description: Photo of the March 2007 Lunar Eclipse, taken with a kodak 7650 at 11:40 pm with an olympus 1.4x teleconverter lens. Camera was mounted on a tripod.

Technical:
f-stop 8.0
shutter speed 1/400
focal length = 380mm
centerweight auto exposure and center spot focus

Submitted 24 March 2007

Photographer: Roland Jaeger

Description: Photo of the March 2007 Lunar Eclipse, taken with a Kodak Z650 from Langenhoven Park, Bloemfontein.

Technical: The camera has 6.1 megapixels and a 38-380mm zoom lens. The focal length was at 380mm. Exposure was set to manual with a shutterspeed of 8 seconds. The ISO speed was 100 and aperture was f7.1.


Submitted 20 March 2007

Photographer: Jen Schutte

Description:  Lunar Eclipse, March 2007.  This was taken through a very small telescope with a Sony Digital.


Submitted 14 March 2007

Photographer: Sam Rametse (Presenter - HartRAO)

Description:  Lunar Eclipse, March 2007.
"I set up my tripod on top of a rubbish bin outside my house in Windsor East Randburg!"

Technical: Technical: Canon Powershot A420 (4.0 Mega pixels).


Submitted 12 March 2007

Photographer: Oleg Toumilovitch (ASSA JHB)

Description:
 A bat flies over the moon in this photo of the lunar eclipse taken by Oleg, on 3 March 2006 at 23h56 SAST. "It's very often that  bats get in line between my telescope and the Moon on the full Moon night - very interesting. Sometimes they stay visible for up to about 0.5 sec. This time wasn't an exception." The bat can be seen at the bottom edge of the Moon.

Technical: Telescope used was TAL-100 achromatic refractor f/10 with 25mm eyepiece with the optical zoom on the camera approx x2. The original image is ''underexposed'' to have the bat's image sharper

Note: This is not a competition entry


Submitted 11 March 2007

Photographer: Oleg Toumilovitch (ASSA JHB)

Description:
 The lunar eclipse, with mounted telescope in the foreground. You can see different things and figures in the picture, especially with regards to the clouds. What do you see? Send your comments to the webmaster.
Image taken on 4 March 2007, at 1h03 SAST.

Technical: Camera: Sony Cybershot, ISO100,
2 sec exposure, F/3.2.


Judges' note: original image (>500 kb) is with webmaster. This photo is the photographer's competition entry.


Submitted 10 March 2007

Photographer: Pierre Desplace, North Riding, Randburg (Second Place Winner)

Description:
Was hoping to get a full sequence but alas the clouds came in. I was just about to give up when the moon appeared. I shot in manual mode with aperture wide open and flipped through shutter speeds to try and get the moon as still as possible. After this first try, I have come to the conclusion that the ultimate is a digicam with a good telescope that can track the moon for a long exposure that is sharp.

Technical: Camera: Canon 30D mounted on a tripod with remote release and mirror lockup. Lens: rented 600mm with 1.4X teleconverter. 35mm equivalent focal length (with camera's 1.6x crop factor) is 1344mm. Apeture: f5.6 Shuttler speed: 1 sec. ISO: 1600.  Image has not been cropped.




Submitted 6 March 2007
Photographer: Sarah Gray (8 years old), Horizon Ext, Johannesburg (Honourable mention)

Description:
"Day, Twilight and Night". Cloud rolled in so, we pushed the ISO in an effort to capture through the veil but still keep the shutter speed low. This blew out the crescent horribly, but Sarah felt the light side to be boring anyway, and was far more interested in exposing the dark side. She argues that "...the dark side IS the eclipse; the light side is just the moon like on any other night".

The result, whilst grainy, has some stunning colour and has proved invaluable to Sarah's understanding of day time, twilight and night - it's there to see for real.


Technical: Time: 00:27:54. Camera: Canon EOS 20D - Tripod mounted. Lens: Canon 70-200mm F4. Focal: 200mm
Aperture: f4. Shutter: 1/5 second. ISO: 1600

Photographer: Robert Currie (Centurion)

Description:
Moon leaving umbra at 02:29. Picture taken through light clouds in Centurion.

Technical: Camera: Pentax K10D
Lens: Sigma 170-500 APO DG
Settings: ISO 800. f6.7. 1/3 sec
Focal length 500mm (equivalent to 750mm for
35mm film)


Judges' note: original image (>500 kb) is with webmaster.

Photographer: Eugene Lombard (Fourways)

Description:

"This shot was taken from Fourways (JHB) just before cloud cover set in allowing only this photo to be taken."

Technical:
Nikon D70. 2007/03/03 23:46:55.9
Compressed RAW (12-bit). Lens: 175-500mm F/4.5-6.3 D (x1.6 .. Sigma 170 ~ 500 lense). Focal Length: 500mm Exposure Mode: Aperture Priority. Metering Mode: Spot. 1/40 sec - F/11. Exposure Comp.: 0 EV
Sensitivity: ISO 200. Used Manfrotto tripod and the timer delay feature to eliminate camera shake.

Submitted 5 March 2007
Photographer: Nico du Preez (Deneysville)

Description:

Photo of the lunar eclipse taken at Deneysville (next to the Vaaldam).

Technical:
Camera: Canon Powershot S1 IS
Date & Time: 2007/03/04 / 00:57:34. Shutter: 1
AV: 3.1

Judges' note: original image (>500 kb) is with webmaster.

Photographer: Martie du Preez (Deneysville)

Description:

Photo of the lunar eclipse taken at Deneysville (next to the Vaaldam).

Technical:
Camera: Canon Powershot S1 IS
Date & Time: 2007/03/04 / 00:06:22, Shutter: 1/5
AV: 3.1

Judges' note: original image (>500 kb) is with webmaster.

Photographer: Mike Beuster

Description:

Lunar Eclipse, 4 March 2007. "Full eclipse was a challenge, as the dim light resulted in slightly blurred images due to the zoom and exposure, but they came out awesome enough for my son to be really chuffed! ...with the weight of the lens and the strenuous angle to shoot at made for interesting techniques to be used... "

Technical:
Camera: Canon 400D, Mount: Tripod
Lens: Tamron 75-300mm, Zoom: 300mm
Exposure: 2 seconds, F-stop: 5.6
Iso: 800, Time: 01:29:16 am, Date: 04/03/2007


Judges' note: original image (>500 kb) is with webmaster.

Photographer: Anton Matthee (Pretoria)
(First Place Winner)

Description:

Lunar Eclipse, 4 March 2007. Composite of eight photos done in Photoshop. Each photo was taken with a 10 minute interval starting at 02:12. These photos were taken of the moon coming out of totality and exiting the earths umbra. Pretoria had a severe rain storm and cloud cover during the moon's entry into the umbra (first half of the eclipse). In other words this photo represents the different stages of the second half of the eclipse.

Technical:
Canon 20D camera, Sigma 28-300mm lens on 300mm, ISO100, Shutter speed between 1/60 and 1/1000, F5.6 used for all, Tripod, Remote trigger, Patience.

Judges' note: original image (>500 kb) is with webmaster.


Photographer: George Liakos (Rustenburg, NW)

Description:

Lunar eclipse on 4 March 2007 at 1h02

Technical:

Telescope : Meade SCT LX90 8" f/10 with focal reducer 6.3.
Camera : Canon EOS 350D.
Exposure : 10 seconds @ ISO 200.
Image contrast and brightness enhanced in Photoshop and sharpened.


Photographer: Tracy Burrows

Description:
Collage of the lunar eclipse.


Photographer: Sean Smith (Empangeni)

Description:
Lunar Eclipse on 4 March 07 at 12h43.

Technical:
Camera: Canon 350D digital SLR mounted with a Russian Snaiper Tair 300mm prime lens on a 3x multiplier using a M42/EOS adaptor.

This setup along with the 350D's 1.6 multiplication factor gave a total focal length of 1440mm. Two tripods used, one for camera and one for the heavy Russian lens setup.

Submitted 4 March 2007

Photographer: Mike McAra (Johannesburg)

Description:
Photo of the Lunar Eclipse as the clouds moved in.

Technical:
Camera: Canon EOS 300D DIGITAL.
Shutter Speed: 2.5 sec
Aperture Value f5.6
ISO Speed 100
Lens 70.0 - 300.0 mm
Focal Length 300.0 mm
.


Photographer: JAJ Lourens (Reitz, Free State)

Description:
Lunar Eclipse, 4 March 2007 at 1h42

Technical:
Camera: Kowa TD.1, F/2.8, ISO 200, 0.7 s exposure, f = 1350 mm on a 35 mm basis.
No software manipulation. Only the brightness was increased.


Photographer: JAJ Lourens (Reitz, Free State)

Description:
Lunar Eclipse, 4 March 2007 at 2h05

Technical:
Camera: Kowa TD.1, F/2.8, ISO 200, 0.7 s exposure, f = 1350 mm on a 35 mm basis; no software manipulation. Only the brightness was increased.


Photographer: Oleg Toumilovitch (ASSA JHB)

Description:
Lunar eclipse at 1h17 am,
on
4 March 2007.

Technical:
Camera: Cybershot; 2 sec exposure; ISO100, TAL-100 refracting telescope; 25mm eyepiece."


Note: this particular photo is not a competition entry




Photographer: Dr. M Francois du Toit (ASSA member and member of the People's Observatory Port Elizabeth).

Description:
A collage of the Lunar Eclipse of 3-4 March 2007


Technical:
Canon EOS 300D SLR on a 500mm ProOptic F5.6 Maksutov telescope.

Photographer: Hannes Pieterse, ASSA Bloemfontein Centre

Description: "Lunar Eclipse sequence. Clouds curtailed opportunities to take complete photo sequences".


Technical: Camera: Canon 30D mounted on a Tripod
- Electronic remote cable, Camera mirror lifted before exposure to minimize vibration, lens 600mm f.8 - Total focal length with camera's 1.6x is 1920 mm. Shuttler speeds: Photo 1) ISO 1600 & 1/30sec. Photo 2) ISO 1600 with 1/125sec. Photo 3) ISO 1600 and 1/30 sec. Photo 4) ISO 3200 and 1 sec. Photo 5) ISO 3200 and ½ sec.



The ASSA Lunar Eclipse Digicam competition

Send in your photo of the lunar eclipse and stand a chance to win some prizes.
Download the competition information brochure with rules. Closing date: 15 April 2007

High resolution brochure
(
550 kb PDF).
Lower resolution brochure (236 kb PDF).
If you don't have Adobe Acrobat Reader, download it here.


Links

NASA Eclipse Homepage, with more information and diagrams
What is a lunar eclipse? Visit wikipedia.org.

Brochure compiled by Auke Slotegraaf. Visit Psychohistorian.org with more lunar eclipse pictures and info.

 

 

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