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On December 10th, 2011, I woke up at 4:45am, loaded my mount, Canon camera and the FS152 in the car and headed to the Windy Hill area in Skyline Boulevard.
My original plan was driving to San Francisco and hopefully catch a wide view of the Moon during totality with the Golden Gate bridge in the foregraound, but unfortunately, I didn't get up early enough, so I went for Plan B (Skyline).
Once there, by the road, there were a few cars from people who had also got up early (or simply hadn't gone to bed yet) to catch a glimpse of the eclipse.
I mounted the stuff,not even sure if I'd be able to reach focus with the adapters Ibrought with me (I had never put the Canon on the FS152).I didn't power up the mount, so I pointed at the Moon manually, gotfocus swapping adapters after a few "oh shut..." and captured a few shots of the eclipse.
I made however one bBig mistake: I didn't realize I was shooting at the highest ISO of thecamera, so noise was bad.... Because of that, and also because of the very low altitude of the Moon during totality (barely 10-15 degrees above the horizon), the image could not stand any deconvolution, so what you see is the image pretty much as it came out of the camera.
After totality and as the Moon was about to disappear behind a hill, Itook the camera out of the scope, did and shared some visual views,put the camera on a tripod with a camera lens, and shot this one:
Unimpressive, and not nearly as sexy as having the Golden Gate bridge or someother cool land features, but the whole event was fun and I had someinteresting talk with the folks that also went up there to watch theeclipse (and who were rather impressed with that big scope the FS152is :-). As one friend said, rather than a great picture, it's just a testimonial image: I was there, and this is the souvenir that I took with me. That's all!
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DATEDecember 10th, 2011
PHOTOExposure: L: 1 x 0.3'
Total: 0.3 seconds
EQUIPMENTImaging Scope: Takahashi FS-152
Camera: Canon 40D
SITE & CONDITIONSSkyline Highway 35, California