|Lunar eclipse courtesy of NASA|
I will be spending the night at the Stone Barn to observe and photograph the eclipse, weather permitting. The partial umbral eclipse will begin approximately at 1:58 AM with the total eclipse beginning at 3:07 AM and finally ending at 5:33 AM. I have plotted out the location of the moon utilizing The Photographer's Ephemeris. The Photographer's Ephemeris is available as a paid download for the iPhone, iPad or android phone. It is a free download for your desktop http://photoephemeris.com/tpe-for-desktop
For those who would like to photograph the eclipse, you have options to what size lens you want to utilize. A wide-angle lens will give you a small moon but allow you to either make a moon trail or stack pictures together to show the movement of the Moon and eclipse on a single photograph. A medium telephoto lens will allow you to have some of the horizon in the picture and finally a long telephoto lens will give you a larger picture of the moon.
The camera should be on a sturdy tripod and a remote/wired cable release is useful. A headlamp or a flashlight, better with a red light (get some red cellophane and attach it around the front of the flashlight with a rubber band) because you will need to change camera settings as the moon becomes darker. At full eclipse the moon should be orange to red which gives it the name of a blood moon. The color is due to the dispersed light from all of the earth sunrises and sunsets falling on the face of the moon at mid eclipse.
I will have available the settings that you will need to use to photograph at the Barn.
Everyone is welcome, we will have hot drinks, snacks and because we are at the Stone Barn bathrooms. Dress appropriately and I hope to see you there. Registration is free abd you can sign up at http://www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/program-catalog#program:program_code=33717
Directions to the To Sanctuary Entrance at Stone Barn Farm Latitude/Longitude 41.524741, -71.019333
From Interstate 195, in Westport, take Exit 10 (Rt 88 South). Follow Route 88 for 7.2 miles through three lights to intersection with Hixbridge Rd at 4th light. Turn left onto Hixbridge Rd and proceed 1.5 miles to stop sign at Pine Hill Rd and Horseneck Rd. Turn right onto Horseneck Rd. Proceed 3.3 miles to corner with East Horseneck Rd and turn left. Stone Barn Farm entrance will be 0.4 miles further on your right at 786 E. Horseneck Rd. in Dartmouth.
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