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Guide for astronomy enthusiasts: how to observe and photograph the total lunar eclipse

Tonight we are all invited to witness one of the most captivating astronomical spectacles

tonight we are all invited to attend one of the most captivating astronomical spectacles: a total lunar eclipse, an event in which our natural satellite will turn red.

People in North and South America, as well as much of Africa and Europe, will be able to witness a total lunar eclipse. This time, Earth’s natural satellite will be dyed red, so it will become a “Blood Moon.” In Argentinatwilight will begin at 10:32 p.m. on Saturday, May 15, and at 11:27 p.m. the Moon will begin to eclipse. Already at 12:29 a.m. on May 16 the eclipse will be total and will turn the Moon red. In total, it is estimated that the astronomical phenomenon extends over 5 hours and 18 minutes. The maximum magnitudemeanwhile, will be recorded at 1:11while the end of the eclipse will be recorded around 3:50.

What you need to know about the lunar eclipse.  Credits: NASA.
What you need to know about the lunar eclipse. Credits: NASA.

Unlike what happens when trying to observe a solar eclipse, where filters are needed to protect the view, Lunar eclipses are very safe to see with the naked eye or using specialized equipment. Additionally, today’s technology allows anyone to save this historic astronomical event. And it is that currently the smart phones They have more and more advanced cameras which, although they do not have the level of telescopic cameras, can allow you to keep the memory of the eclipse forever.

Lunar eclipses are more common than perhaps better known solar eclipses, but they are no less spectacular. from a photographic point of view. As the Earth moves between the Sun and Moon, it casts a giant shadow across the lunar surface, darkening it dramatically, casting it into a dark red hue perfect for photography.

How to see it better

With the naked eye, with binoculars or telescopes, the total lunar eclipse can be observed correctly (Gillermo Llamos)
With the naked eye, with binoculars or telescopes, the total lunar eclipse can be observed correctly (Gillermo Llamos)

With the naked eye, with binoculars or with telescopes, the total lunar eclipse can be observed correctly. In addition, you must take into account a series of tips to record this moment in a digital image.

– Use the camera pro mode portable or manual mode if you have one. Doing it this way will allow you to adjust many settings for better results, including some that we will discuss in the following sections.

turn off the flash, as this will prevent the mobile camera from focusing properly on the Moon. This will ruin the photo and give a white light on a black background which in no way does its job.

disable autofocus, because it can be placed at a point where it does not benefit the image at all. It’s best if you manually set the focus yourself until you see in the preview that it’s positioned where it should be, and the results might be better.

Reduce the exposure so that the amount of light entering the lens can be controlled; otherwise, you may get a lot of white light, which will skew your results.

The choice of lens will determine the photograph you wish to capture EFE/EPA/ROMAN PILIPEY
The choice of lens will determine the photograph you wish to capture EFE/EPA/ROMAN PILIPEY

In general, this is an ideal opportunity to use a APS-C or micro Four Thirds camera as they actually have an advantage over full frame 35mm cameras. This is because smaller sensors only use a portion of the overall lens diameter when shooting, giving the effect of a longer focal length. For most APS-C sensors, this difference is around 1.5x, which means that a 100mm lens will now behave like a 150mm lens. Zooming in provides more detail when photographing the Moon. No matter what camera you use, it’s important to have full manual control over your camera settings.

The choice of lens will determine the photo you want to capture. Most people will want to use the longest telephoto lens possible to get a closer look at the lunar eclipse. You can also add a teleconverter for an even longer focal length. But it also helps to use a wide-angle lens, which we consider to be the best lens for astrophotography. By using this variety, the path of the eclipse can be photographed in a beautiful landscape.

Zooming in provides more detail when photographing the Moon.  Whatever camera you use, it's important to have full manual control over the camera settings (Gillermo Llamos)
Zooming in provides more detail when photographing the Moon. Whatever camera you use, it’s important to have full manual control over the camera settings (Gillermo Llamos)

Applications dedicated to astronomical photography

both in Google Play Store as in the app store you can find specialized astronomy apps that can be easy to handle even by those without in-depth knowledge of the subject.

From the ability to see the constellations overhead to real-time information on when a solar eclipse will occur or when a certain star will be visible in your area.

In his time, even his Google joins the desired Google sky map, which is already obsolete. However, among many other specialized astronomy apps, Infobae recommends the following:

-Sky View: android / iOS

-StarWalk 2: android / iOS

-The lunar calendar: android / iOS

-Eclipse Guide: android / iOS

-SkySafari: android / iOS

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