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Total Lunar eclipse

February 21, 2008


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The total Lunar eclipse of February 21, 2008 was again a difficult one to observe. Only the eastern part of Slovenia was mostly clear this time, but even there the clouds interfered at times. The total eclipse took place from 04h00m to 04h51m local time. The Moon was already quite low in the sky in the constelation Leo.
Only Team members present in Maribor managed to observe the eclipse. Javor Kac and Mitja Govedic were using 7x50 and 16x50 binoculars, respectively. Jure Zakrajsek covered the eclipse with photographs through 15-cm refractor. Igor Ziberna took care for the eclipse projection by using webcam. Also, he explained the details about the eclipse to the public via his presentation. About 100 people viewed the Lunar eclipse through ten telescopes that were present at the public observation in Maribor, the second-largest city of Slovenia.
We estimated the Moon at mid-eclipse at L=2.5 on Danjon scale. The Moon brightness at maximum eclipse was -2m8, the brightest magnitude estimate observed by the Team since 2001.


Totally eclipsed Moon, shot from Maribor at 03:13 UT. Half-second exposure with 15-cm f/8 TMB refractor and Nikon D70 camera at ISO 1600. Photo: Jure Zakrajsek and Javor Kac.


Moon brightness during February 21, 2008 total eclipse (preliminary curve).

Circumstances of the Eclipse

Moon enters penumbra: 2008 Feb 21 00:34:47 
Moon enters umbra:    2008 Feb 21 01:42:48 
Start of totality:    2008 Feb 21 03:00:22 
Maximum eclipse:      2008 Feb 21 03:25:53 
End of totality:      2008 Feb 21 03:51:21 
Moon leaves umbra:    2008 Feb 21 05:08:55 
Moon leaves penumbra: 2008 Feb 21 06:17:04 

Umbral magnitude: 1.111

Duration of total phase: 0h 50m 59s

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Photos below were shot by Jure Zakrajsek and Javor Kac 15-cm f/8 TMB refractor and Nikon D70 camera:


01:23 UT, 1/800 s @ ISO 200


01:46 UT, 1/320 s @ ISO 200


02:08 UT, 1/500 s @ ISO 200


02:36 UT, 1/250 s @ ISO 200


03:02 UT, 1/30 s @ ISO 200


03:10 UT, 4 s @ ISO 800


03:13 UT, 4 s @ ISO 800


03:20 UT, 4 s @ ISO 800


03:29 UT, 4 s @ ISO 800


03:58 UT, 1/2 s @ ISO 800


04:20 UT, 1/125 s @ ISO 400


04:32 UT, 1/25 s @ ISO 400


04:47 UT, 1/25 s @ ISO 400


04:51 UT, 1/25 s @ ISO 400


05:13 UT, 1/25 s @ ISO 400


Photos below were shot by Ales Gasparic with 20-cm f/8 Newtonian telescope and afocal projection with Canon PoweShot A570 camera:

02:10 UT, 1/50 s


03:28 UT, 1.3 s