Lunar Eclipse Oct. 27, 2004 Photos by Ken Papai, from San Rafael, California
Lunar Eclipse photo, Ken Papai image, Oct. 27, 2004Lunar Eclipse photo, Ken Papai image, Oct. 27, 2004
Lunar 1 - 6:54 p.m.
Lunar 2 - 6:56 p.m.
Lunar 3 - 7:10 p.m.
Lunar 4 - 7:15 p.m.
Camera data: Canon EOS 10D at 6MP, Canon EF 28-200 zoom at 200mm (320mm equivalent), ISO 100, no filters or special software effects used, just a tripod to steady the camera.

In some pictures the moon has an orange cast while in others it is white and gray. This is due to the shutter speed used. Faster shutter speeds (1/90th second) make the moon "whiter" in order to capture the detail on the highly reflective surfaces; when the moon is in earth's shadow you need to use a slower shutter speed, something like 1/4 or 1/2 of a second in order to see that part's details. Make sense? The orange color is likely due to to the sun's rays, slightly bent around the earth -- like the more "orange-colored" sun at sunrise and sunset, Ken.

Lens Wish List -- I would like (soon) a longer, fixed focal length (prime) lens to get super clear shots. One lens I have in mind is the Canon EF 300mm/f4L. Resource: Canon site on

Lunar photo, Ken Papai image, Mar. 14, 2005

The Sun - Solar photos.