Night Sky Photos… or How I Failed Photographing the Super Blood Moon

Like many people I know (And around the world) I went outside on September 27, 2015 to watch and take photos of the Super Blood Moon and lunar eclipse. I was very excited about it for a variety of reasons, but I was probably the most excited to take photos of the moon! I was planning on it for weeks and had my camera charged and ready to go that Sunday. What I wasn’t planning on was my camera tripod breaking two days before the big event. I tried to fix it, but no matter what I did nothing worked. (As of this post the tripod is still broken, but should be fixed as soon as the weather improves allowing me to E6000 the broken pieces together!)

When the super blood moon with eclipse happened, I was without a tripod. Normally this isn’t a bad thing and I can work without it, but my poor Sony camera, which is four years old now, is starting to show it’s age and now gets finicky when photographing things a night. It’s ok if I let it expose for long periods of time, but when it comes to photographing things like the moon, I get blurry photos. Like this…

super blood moon (2)

And this…

super blood moon (3)

As you can see, the photos are not as clear as ones I’ve seen online and on TV. I’m disappointed with my photos because the super blood moon with lunar eclipse is rare and I wanted to photograph it. And failed.

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