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Posts Made By: Brian Pope

January 21, 2019 10:28 AM Forum: LUNATICS

Super wolf blood moon

Posted By Brian Pope

Yes, something like that. 
I am at a loss that there is not a bunch of posts on this Eclipse.
Well, just for the heck of it, I dusted the scope and set out to watch this one in this Lunar thread.
Could not find a digital camera in time to take a few shots, therefore, tried to reset up my 35mm film cameras. After an exhausting search for film locally, I got lucky and found some. Choice was bleak, wound up with Kodak Ultramax, 400spd.
I do not have a computer to do focusing, and no longer had a mask for focus. 
Try to bang a new one out in cardboard with Hartman type. First one I made that did well was 3 triangles. This time I tried the minus and X. We shall see if anything is in focus down the road after film gets developed. 
I thought this eclipse was good. However, not as bright coppery red as I would have liked, seemed deep and dark.
There was an edge that seemed to stay bright, is that the way it always is in a full eclipse?
In Erlanger KY, we miss many of these special occurances. Sunday night was looking great after an early snowstorm,4".
Then almost as soon as eclispe started, clouds moved in and gave the moonbow look.  ugh. Then the skies cleared, 10deg frigid and pretty still at ground level, but the upper skies were moving, not heavy twinkle starry thankfully.
Enjoyed the show for next couple of hours. Taking breaks from the outside for the dog and to get some hot chocolate.
I plan on relearning the moon, see the straight wall again.
Supermoon was hard to tell after above horizon and far from tree line.
Moon seemed all alone, void of stars nearby it seemed to me.
Anybody have anything they noticed?

January 21, 2019 10:32 AM Forum: After Dark


Posted By Brian Pope

Thanks for posting. The Flag to me -provide pay pal invoice,  who would say that?

January 21, 2019 10:54 AM Forum: Film Astrophotography - Imaging and Processing

Today's 35mm film off the shelf

Posted By Brian Pope

 I wanted to try to photo this "Wolf"lunar eclipse.
Could not make up my mind on a digital camera, hard to choose with the cost, and so many options in the used market.
So, found and dusted my 35mm cameras off. 
Managed to find some batteries to replace, Penatax K1000 and a Kalimar k-90.
Now, for a few bucks more can just use these. 
Finding film was a challenge. After my search I had one store, 2 options.  I understand if I would have planned better, online would have more options.
I went with the Kodak Ultramax 400 speed.
My other option was Portra 400. They also had a fuji Provia 100. 
Since looking at eclipse, went with the 400 spd.
Anybody have experience with either out of curiosity?
Took some shots, will see how eclipse color is, and praying for good focus.
Will share later possibly if find where I want to get them developed.

January 22, 2019 02:49 AM Forum: Film Astrophotography - Imaging and Processing

Today's 35mm film off the shelf

Posted By Brian Pope

Nice, I never tried slide films. Will keep in mind for next round! Thanks for posting

February 8, 2019 05:24 AM Forum: ASTRONOMY

130mm f8 Vernonscope

Posted By Brian Pope

If you are selling, it goes in Classifieds.