Canon was never a subsidary of Bell and Howell, but they were marketed by Bell and Howell in the USA. Superscope marketed Sony in the USA, but Sony was not a subsidiary of Superscope.
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I started my imaging sequence with BackyardEOS about 10 minutes ago. I couldn't see it, but my camera picked up the first bit of the eclipse before I could see it with my naked eyes.
I'm using a tracking mount, so my settings once we get to totality will probably be much different than most. I started out at ISO 100, 1/250th, f/8 w/ 600/4 II. That pushes the histogram to the right with my 7D, but not too far that the highlights blow out. The current part of my imaging sequence has dropped to 1/125th second now, and it'll drop to 1/60th about the time the moon is half-eclipsed...not yet sure exactly what settings I'll be using once the moon is fully within the umbra...
There are FOUR total lunar eclipses occurring over the next two years. This is a very rare event. It's occurred twice last century, and before that it had not occurred for many hundreds of years. After this, four total lunar eclipses will not occur again for hundreds of years.
Tonight is the first of the four. It starts at 1:58pm ET, 11:58 MT, and 10:58 PT. If you are planning on photographing the first lunar eclipse this year, share your photos here!
I'm aiming to get a full sequence of the entire eclipse, from the first penumbral dimming through totality and ending at the point the moon moves out of the penumbra (for me, that's from 11:58pm through 3:30am.)
For more details, see here: http://www.mreclipse.com/LEdata/TLE2014Apr15/TLE2014Apr15.html
For exposure tips, see here: http://www.mreclipse.com/LEphoto/LEphoto.html
Its a composite photo, done in Photoshop. Multiple images merged with the use of masking. You should be able to do it if the viewing is good.
Its been partially cloudy at night up here, and I get cold easily, but I might give it a try.
The more I think about it, I get cold just sitting here!
That's what you have to look forward to when you get old!
Thanks for the detailed recommendations. It will be about 3am here. I'll be lucky if I make it through it all
Any idea on white balance?
I haven't heard anything particularly good about the Samyang Telescope lenses. Lots of people like some of the other telescopes (often Russian), but you're probably better off putting the money toward an SX50HS, which has some proven performance compared to modern supertelephoto lenses.