The Lunar Eclipse
Photography of a lunar eclipse event is easy, provided you have the right equipment. The light of the full moon is bright and capable of illuminating ground objects and casting a shadow. As a result, a normal camera can be used to show dramatic effects with people, houses and trees in the foreground. A tripod is recommended since the exposure will be longer than during the day.
However, the best lunar eclipse pictures result when using a longer focal length lens.
Very nice images of the lunar eclipse can be obtained using a basic telescope with camera adapter, especially during the partial phases. But to get good images of the total eclipse phase you really need a telescope with guiding. The reason is simple, you will want to use a decent sized lens system and you will want to take longer exposures during totality than can be made without tracking.
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