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Longest total lunar eclipse in this century and more Part 1
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Wachtberger
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Most of you have probably read that in the evening of 27 July 2018 a very unique constellation could be seen on those skies, that were not covered by clouds. Now what has happened?
It was the longest total lunar eclipse of the century, lasting 1 hour and 43 minutes. There were more before and there will be others thereafter, but all shorter than this one.
And what made this event even more unique, was the fact that at the same time the planet Mars was at its closest distance to Earth in its two year orbit and could be seen slightly below the Moon towards the right side. This particular constellation will next time happen in 105,000 years according to the scientists' calculations.
Thus I said to myself that there is a certain unlikelihood that both I and my Mavic Air will be able to do the shooting next time, but should rather use this opportunity. The photo result  has many limitations. The light situation was a big challenge in total darkness with a very dark Moon. Nevertheless here comes my modest shot of the event. It is noise reduced and slightly zoomed in as well as sharpened a bit, no other modifications.
I have done video as well, which looks much better and will follow in Part 2.

P.S. Mavic Air was only hovering at low altitude above my head, no flying!


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SparksBird
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Very cool.  Awesome that you were able to capture a truly rare event.  Good job.  
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SparksBird Posted at 2018-7-27 16:03
Very cool.  Awesome that you were able to capture a truly rare event.  Good job.

Thank you very much dear friend! :-)
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Very impressive capture.
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Suren
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Very nice we saw it here is RSA as well
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Nice capture Captain
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Airlord
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The Mavic Air is not realy a good Camera to take Pictures from the Moon and Mars.

Better use a Camera whit Focus for better Details an not even Points at the Horizon.....



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Woe Posted at 2018-7-27 17:53
Very impressive capture.

Thank you, but I wouldn't call it impressive. It was just a try.
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Suren Posted at 2018-7-27 22:08
Very nice we saw it here is RSA as well

Thank you, glad that you could see it too.
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Thank you!
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Airlord Posted at 2018-7-27 23:42
The Mavic Air is not realy a good Camera to take Pictures from the Moon and Mars.

Better use a Camera whit Focus for better Details an not even Points at the Horizon.....

I fully agree with you. For this a different type of camera ans lens are required. The picture you have attached is fantastic, did you shoot it?
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wow very nice
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Well done Wachtberger. We couldn’t even see it here due to cloud!
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Thank you!
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Mullheliflier Posted at 2018-7-28 04:29
Well done Wachtberger. We couldn’t even see it here due to cloud!

Thank you :-)
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I was trying to get a shot yesterday but the Skeeters were too aggressive  lol.  Nice shot
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STRIDE8 Posted at 2018-7-28 05:43
I was trying to get a shot yesterday but the Skeeters were too aggressive  lol.  Nice shot

Thank you! I have done 4k video that I want to zoom in post. Will be posted later today.
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Nice shot.  This wasn’t available on my side of the world.
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Nice to see!
I will have to check the video when I'm back.
Very bad internet connections here
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Oracle Miata Posted at 2018-7-28 06:22
Nice shot.  This wasn’t available on my side of the world.

Thank you, it did not turn out as I had hoped. Mavic Air is too much wide angle lens unfortunately. And such extremely low light shots you can't zoom in acceptable quality either. I wonder if it would be technically feasable to make extra tele lenses to screw on like we do with filters? Even watching it with my own eyes it was so much bigger than on my shot. If there was a way to get the footage equal to what I see myself, I would be quite happy.
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Montfrooij Posted at 2018-7-28 12:13
Nice to see!
I will have to check the video when I'm back.
Very bad internet connections here

Thank you very much :-) Not sure that the video will ever make it here after all, if I don't manage to get it zoomed in good quality.
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Awesome shot!
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Thank you very much! :-)
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Wachtberger Posted at 2018-7-28 13:10
Thank you very much :-) Not sure that the video will ever make it here after all, if I don't manage to get it zoomed in good quality.

We'll see it here if you do
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Great job, you know this kind of photography will always tell a great story. Look forward to seeing your video. Well done once again.
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Great shot i really like your work me sadly i didnt have any charged battery to capture this amazing view i realize it too late.we are waiting for the video thank you.
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you're welcome
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Andreas,
The MA did it's best . Looking at it close up the shot doesn't look to bad.
Looking forward to part #2.
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hallmark007 Posted at 2018-7-28 14:38
Great job, you know this kind of photography will always tell a great story. Look forward to seeing your video. Well done once again.

Thank you dear friend!
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Jannistmb Posted at 2018-7-28 14:38
Great shot i really like your work me sadly i didnt have any charged battery to capture this amazing view i realize it too late.we are waiting for the video thank you.

Thanks a lot ! :-) I was in a rush charging the batteries too because I had used them all up for another project in the late afternoon.
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B1houdini Posted at 2018-7-28 17:47
Andreas,
The MA did it's best . Looking at it close up the shot doesn't look to bad.
Looking forward to part #2.

Thank you very much dear friend! Seems I have to do part 2 ;-)
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Excellent Shot Watchberger, I know its a big challenge to take a shot of the Moon with the Drone and also to fly the Drone in the Pitch Black Area !

I will need to do some experiments soon. Still in your Photo you can see the Blood Moon with the Eclipse, it a Rare Moment Mate ! Great to see your Skills for Night Photography.

I didn't make it at 10:20pm when the BloodMoon was at its Best, but was home at 1:30am where the Eclipse Ended and had a Big Full Moon infront of me.


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DMX_MT Posted at 2018-8-1 06:44
Excellent Shot Watchberger, I know its a big challenge to take a shot of the Moon with the Drone and also to fly the Drone in the Pitch Black Area !

I will need to do some experiments soon. Still in your Photo you can see the Blood Moon with the Eclipse, it a Rare Moment Mate ! Great to see your Skills for Night Photography.

Thank you very much dear friend! :-)
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Here is the Full Moon -

Taken with my Canon Camera - 28th July 2018 - 1:30am (Just after the BloodMoon and the Eclipse)

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DMX_MT Posted at 2018-8-1 06:47
Here is the Full Moon -

Taken with my Canon Camera - 28th July 2018 - 1:30am (Just after the BloodMoon and the Eclipse)

Wow, what a fantastic shot!
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Wachtberger Posted at 2018-8-1 06:48
Wow, what a fantastic shot!

Unfortunately I didn't use my Full Frame Camera, as I didn't charge the Batteries, so I had to use the 760D (Noise Visible in Dark Shadows).  Stupid Me !

I have lots and lots more to improve. I have some plans going on for Astrophotography, trying not to Break the Bank...

Thanks for your kind words, Wachtberger ! Means a lot to me.


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