Observing Report: Total lunar eclipse on January 31, 2018

February 2, 2018

Man, only the second post in six months, and we’re back to another eclipse! Oh well, that’s how it goes sometimes.

This is also going to a short post. I have more photos from the eclipse, and I’m hoping to get them processed soon and put into a composite like I did for the October, 2014 (link), and April, 2015 (link), lunar eclipses. But those photos are still lurking in a raw state on my hard drive. You’re getting the only two I’ve processed so far: the above shot of the full moon at 12:20 AM, before the eclipse started, taken with a Nikon Coolpix 4500, and the below shot from the start of max eclipse, around 5:00 AM, taken with an iPhone 7. Both shots taken afocally through London’s XT4.5 dob and a 32mm Plossl.

Hope you got to see it. Stand by for more shots…at some point. Hopefully. What can I say? Fossil season came early this year…as I knew it eventually would.


  1. I like the all up front format.
    Do you have a paleontology blog too?
    If so; let me know.

  2. Nice post, glad to see you’re at it again…and didn’t get burned up or slammed with a mudslide!

  3. I do have a paleontology blog, which I run with my friend, colleague, coauthor, and coblogger Mike Taylor: SV-POW! (link)

  4. Glad you enjoyed the lunar eclipse they’re often overshadowed by solar ones(literally!) .in some ways lunar eclipses are better as they last a lot longer.I saw one in about 2016,or was it 2015?,from a park in Liverpool, England, where I was visiting someone. It began about 2350 and went on until about 0600.I was only packing my highly portable Opticron 8×25 monocular but it showed it well.I seem to recall it was in a September?

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