After returning home from my Monday karaoke evening, I decided to stay up to watch the total lunar eclipse, as I haven't seen one properly for decades, since last century even! This one coincided with the winter solstice.
I had read that the eclipse would start at 12:41am, so didn't think to go outside much earlier. When I did, the moon was at its zenith on a beautiful cloudless night.
Well, what was left of it! Aack!! 12:19am and the eclipse was already well under way. I had missed some valuable viewing time!
I decided to experiment with my camera. It is new and I haven't got my head around all its bells and whistles yet. Here's another more exposed view (still at 12:19am).
This was taken at 12:21am.
Hmm, it looked like the 12:41 time was for the start of totality! At least I had not totally missed the partial phase.
Here we go. 12:41am.
After this, the moon became gradually darker. I hung around till 12:58 before calling it a night.
In between the last two shots, I experimented with photographing the constellation Orion.
After the Southern Cross it is the most widely recognized constellation in the southern hemisphere, and I had grown up with it in my night sky. How wonderful it is to be able to see it every night here in Mazatlan!