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Moon, Venus (top left), and Jupiter on Dec 1, 2008 as seen throughout East Asia. Photo: AP
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AAC Members Observe Total Lunar Eclipse
15 April, 2014

Despite numerous clouds, Alachua Astronomy Club members obtained photos and a video of this month's lunar eclipse.

Howard Cohen Notes & Photos
Managed to get some photos of the total lunar eclipse of 2014 April 15 through holes in clouds. One such photo is enclosed. Taken at 4:17 a.m. EDT (8 minutes before the end of totality) from S.W. Gainesville. 

Exposure 8 sec at f/6.3 (ISO 800) with 76 mm Televue APO refractor.

Howard Eskildsen Notes & Photos
Moon was a lovely sight with then Moon near Spica and Mars. The close up Moon had another star visible just above it, but I have not identified it. (Postscript - the star is "h Vir", V mag 5.21) Images with Cannon 60D with 18-200 Zoom for wide angle and then attached prime focus to Orion ED 80 600mm scope. ISO 1600 and exposures both 0.5 seconds. Images taken 2014/04/15, 03:55 EDT wide angle, 04:15 EDT close up.
Wide Angle View (Spica below the moon; Mars on the right)

Narrow Angle View using Orion ED 80 600mm scope.

Andy Howell Notes & Photos
The night was forecast to be cloudy, and without an alarm I awoke at 4am and decided to check on the eclipse. To my surprise, the ruddy moon was visible between clouds. After much fumbling with the settings on a handheld pocket camera, I managed to squeeze off 37 images of the eclipse through the laundry room window. Total eclipse ended eight minutes earlier.
Composite of 8 images, 4:32-4:34am, Canon Powershot A1000, 24.8mm, f/5.6, ISO 1600, +2ev, 1.0 sec each

Don Loftus Notes & Video
Don provides a YouTube video that shows various phases of the eclipse in both wide angle and narrow angle views. Note the clouds drifting across the face of the moon.

M. L. McGaughran Notes & Photo
This nice one was taken 3:22am at Santa Fe College using a Canon EOS 7D with 400 mm lens. Note the star "h Vir" V mag = 5.21 in the image and how it is more distant from the moon compared to Howard Eskildsen's image taken nearly an hour later at 4:15am.

Les Singleton Notes & Photo
Les Singleton of Micanopy captured a half dozen or more photos of the eclipse. He used a Nikon Coolpix S6300 mounted on a tripod. Here is one example showing the eclipsed moon to the upper left of the blue giant star, Spica (Alpha Virginis).

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