Jeff's October 27th, 2004 Lunar Eclipse Page
Hi, my name is Jeff, and welcome to my "Lunar Eclipse" Page!
On the evening of Wednesday, October 27th, 2004, I went out to the Fox Valley Astronomical Society's public viewing site in Geneva, IL to view and photograph the eclipse. For more lunar eclipse information click here.

Upon arriving at the observing site, the skies overhead were mostly cloudy with few small patches of clear sky above.  And it looked to be getting worse instead of better!  Just before Sunset, the skies were completely cloud-covered and it looked as if I might be packing up and going home!.  The Clear Sky Clock for Geneva predicted that the skies would start to clear a little around 8:00 PM, but remain partly cloudy throughout the evening, so I decided to stick it out.  Fortunately, the skies cleared up completely just before the eclipse was due to begin and we had crystal-clear views of the eclipse all the way into the Totality Stage!  But...just before the end of Totality, the sky started to fill in more and more with some high, thin, hazy clouds.  Although we were able to see through them for the most part, you can see the effects of this cloud cover starting with my 10:50 PM and later pictures.  Around 20 people came out to view this event and We had a GREAT time!

Here are some of my pictures of the various stages of Wednesday night's eclipse.   ENJOY!!
7:53 PM
The 10/27/04 Lunar Eclipse in Totality Stage at 9:23 PM
8:42 PM
8:27 PM
8:11 PM
9:08 PM
9:59 PM
9:23 PM
10:50 PM
11:00 PM
11:27 PM
The pictures above were taken with a Sony Mavica MVC-CD1000 Digital Camera mounted on a tripod.  Most of the pictures were taken at the camera's full zoom power of 20x.  As you can see in a few of the pictures, I used different camera settings to obtain different results!

For visual observing, I was using a Celestron Wide View 80-mm F/5 Refractor on a CG-3 Equatorial Mount with tracking drive, a set of Miyauchi 22x60 45 tripod-mounted binoculars, and a Meade LX-90 8-inch F/10 Schmidt-Cassegrain "Go-To" telescope, with which we did a little 'deep sky' observing during the Totality Stage of the Eclipse.
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