***Explored 16 June 2011***
Oh what a night!! A total lunar eclipse and clear skies, I couldn’t have wished for more. From Donegal, Ireland, Moon rise occurred just after totality but I was still able to capture everything that was visible from my location. I searched google maps and street view for the past few weeks trying to find the best location in the county to view the eclipse. The pier in Mountcharles, outside Donegal Town provided a picturesque setting and a clear south eastern horizon, making it my location of choice. The weather forecast was predicating a relatively good chance of clear skies. So I packed the car up and headed off brimming with excitement. Upon arrival, I was thrilled with my choice of location but the skies were looking threatening, clouds everywhere….. except the south east and that’s the way it stayed all night. The weather was making up for the bitter disappointment of missing the December eclipse because of cloud. A few curious passers-by rolled up to have a look. The excitement was building and then around 22:10..Eureka!! There she was. The dim, red, eclipsed Moon just hanging over the horizon. A magical and humbling hour followed as the Moon climbed and grew back into its original form. An amazing night of astronomy. Easily the most memorable experience I have had during my short time in astronomy, along with March’s aurora display.
Location: Mountcharles, outside Donegal Town, Ireland
Equipment: Canon 1000D, Celestron Omni XLT 150 on CG4 Mount, Velbon 700D fixed tripod, Sigma 70-300mm APO lens