Lunar eclipse July 27: A celestial experience

I became the most luckiest, and probably the only, person in our great Physics department to personally own a Telescope, in the month of July.

After all the efforts in selection, browsing prices, experimenting different eCommerce websites, ordering, delivery, custom clearance and finally the critics by my family members, I finally managed to receive my 5 inch Newtonian Reflector Telescope (Celestron Astromaster 130 mm EQ) on the first week of July. But all of these negative aspects were worn off when I get to finally use it.

Telescope box as received through amazon

Its more than just a toy to play around, it tells you your place (actually of the planets). I have witnessed Jupiter’s Moons and Saturn’s rings and they were more than enough for me to say that ALL OF THE EFFORT WAS TRULY WORTH IT!

Just as so I am in the effect of the overwhelming ability of the telescope to show me marvelous celestial objects and to ponder what made them appear so as they appear, the news hit me that the longest Lunar Eclipse of the century was to be seen across the Asian countries and parts of Europe on July 27th. What could’ve excited me more, I waited anxiously for the night and set up all my things and prayed a lot that it’d a clear nightsky.

So it happened, no clouds and great opportunity for us, astronomy enthusiast, to finally witness our first Blood Moon with our own eyes using a telescope. I invited my friend over to come join me and this time I was well prepared (Not really).

We started observing it from the start and almost for 4 hours we stood there kept watching it turn dimmer than redder than bright again (total eclipse was recorded to last approx 6 hours). The best thing was that I took my phone and didn’t missed the chance to start off my astrophotography. We took some really nice photos and I was manage to get RAW DNG format images from my phone (NEXUS 5) and then I stack couple of them to produce a nice composite of the eclipse. The sight itself was beautiful and the images just made the event a great memory to remember.

Sharing the final composite image:

f/3.2 2.9mm 3200 1/60s using 130mm reflector (composite image, edited in GIMP)