Total Lunar Eclipse, December 2011 by Mike Salway

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The Total Lunar Eclipse of December 2011 was a special one for me – it’s the first one where everything went right. After days of rain, the skies cleared on the night of the eclipse. My equipment worked flawlessly and the seeing was rock steady, giving me my sharpest images of a Total Lunar Eclipse.

I was even uploading a live stream of images to the SLOOH Events page, as well as the IceInSpace Facebook page, my personal Facebook profile and my Google+ profile for viewing by a worldwide audience and everything just worked. The only downside was losing the Moon behind a tree just after totality started – but I knew it was coming so I was thankful that I was able to image Totality before losing it for the night.

Taken with a Canon 40D through an 80mm telescope.

This image is a composite of all of my images from the night. For more details, check my blog at:
Total Lunar Eclipse, December 2011

My name is Mike Salway and I’m an amateur astronomer and photographer.

I’m the co-founder of the Amateur Astronomy community site, IceInSpace, and my personal blog site and image gallery is at

I love high resolution planetary imaging and deep-space imaging using a telescope, and I love capturing wide field vistas that involve a lovely foreground scene combined with astronomical interest in the sky.

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  • Gina Ruttle  (Whalegeek)
    Gina Ruttle (...over 3 years ago

    Well done, Mike! Beautiful work from you.

  • jesika
    jesikaover 3 years ago

    A wonderful and very enviable series

  • Liz Percival
    Liz Percivalover 3 years ago

    Beautiful work Mike, i was looking forward to seeing some images of the eclipse & you’ve produced a fabulous series!

  • Mike Salway
    Mike Salwayover 3 years ago

    Thanks very much for your feedback and comments, it means a lot.

  • elisab
    elisabover 3 years ago

  • Thanks very much for the feature!

    – Mike Salway

  • Ray4cam
    Ray4camover 3 years ago

    Great work! Beautifully done.

  • Thanks Ray4cam. I appreciate you taking the time to comment.

    – Mike Salway

  • ClaireE
    ClaireEabout 3 years ago

    What fantastic images! My first son was born shortly before the eclipse (not sure what that signifies!) so I have been searching for a good picture to print to show him down the track, this is perfect! Well done!

  • Thanks Claire, and congratulations on the birth of your son! Your life will change forever :)

    – Mike Salway

  • Damienne Bingham
    Damienne Binghamover 2 years ago

    Wonderful captures and these are amazing to see together like this. Well done!

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