Penumbral Lunar eclipse of October 2013 was observed in Finland

Observed phenomena: Lunar eclipse
Type of eclipse: Penumbral Lunar eclipse
Type of observation: Positive
Date and time: 19.10.2013, 02:30-05:00
Observing place: Turku, Finland
Observing conditions: Variable cloudiness, clear sky during maximum eclipse
Observing instruments: Camera: Canon EOS 1100D, Telescope: L102/1000mm (4” refractor)

A penumbral Lunar eclipse was observed in Finland in 18./19.10.2013. I observed the eclipse from 02:30 to 05:00. During maximum eclipse, the penumbra was visible as a slight darkening in the southern edge of the Moon.  In the very end of the eclipse, no darkening was visible anymore. This is clearly visible from the comparison photo that I made. In this comparison photo, the left hand side photo was taken @ 02:50 during the maximum eclipse and the one in the right hand side was taken @ 04:56 when the eclipse had just ended.

Weather during the eclipse was quite variable and unstable, during the course of the eclipse, several cloudy periods with some showers happened. Luckily the sky was totally clear during the maximum eclipse and it was possible for me to observe the eclipse!

About the break of Celestial Sphere: in my last message I stated that Celestial Sphere  would be on a total break from blogging until spring 2014. But now I feel that I could write some postings every once in a while about the most interesting Celestial events and phenomena that I have been observing. But most likely I’m going to write posting quite infrequently.


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