Last night's perigee moon approaches totality
Last night’s perigee moon approaches totality

I hope you all had a chance to see the eclipse last night. It was truly spectacular. We had a bit of a gathering here with a few neighbors. I had the observatory open and was taking pictures (of course…) but the best view was in a lawn chair under the stars. I think my favorite part of the eclipse was the way the stars and the Milky Way gradually emerged as the moon reached totality. Wonderful. And the color! Wow!

I took the above photo using my Nikon D600 and an old Celestron 6″ telescope as a lens at prime focus. My results were varied and not completely satisfying (at least to my level of pickiness!) This was a half-second exposure at ISO 640. I think the scope is an f/10 at 1500mm.