Not being an astronomer, but with the encouragement of guests, I tried my hand at some simple photographs of the first lunar eclipse of the year visible in the U.S.. I took the opportunity to get out with my simple point and shoot digital camera, view the eclipse, and try for some images. The full moon rise over the Peloncillo moutains was large and bright and even without a tripod several photographs were captured. Somewhat later once the eclipse started it became more difficult for the auto focus to settle in on the moon and only a couple of images were captured. Clearly a tripod would have been a useful addition for night time photography of an object as close and bright as the moon. In comparison to images taken from the resort that guests have shared, these first attempts only offer a faint imitation of the beauty of the night sky visible here. Fortunately lunar eclipses are regular occurrences and there will be other opportunities to try again.
|Moon rise in the San Simon valley.|