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Lunar Eclipse with Stars: 2018-07-28, 


            Darren (DMach)

Lunar Eclipse with Stars: 2018-07-28

Technical card

Imaging telescope or lens:Celestron Nextstar 6SE

Imaging camera:Olympus OMD E-M5 Mark II


Focal reducer:Celestron Focal Reducer f6.3

Software:Photoshop CCAutoStakkert! 3PIPP x64

Resolution: 1080x1080

Dates:July 28, 2018

Frames: 13x3" ISO1600

Integration: 0.0 hours

Darks: ~20

Avg. Moon age: 15.35 days

Avg. Moon phase: 99.61%

Bortle Dark-Sky Scale: 8.00

Locations: Home, Singapore, Singapore

Data source: Backyard


After rushing to share the experience real-time with my first image, have taken a little more time to process the height of the eclipse properly.

This image is based on a 13 sub stack (each 3.2s @ ISO1600) whilst the Moon was completely within Earth's umbra.

Stacking helped to overcome the noise due to the high ISO, but ruined the beauty of the stars that were visible at the same time (due to the differential movement of the moon and stars over the total stacking time). I therefore took one frame, optimised it for the stars in the background, masked out the Moon and added this to the main image using the "lighten" layer blending mode in Photoshop.

View in Full Resolution mode to enjoy the stars. Thanks for looking!



Darren (DMach)
License: None (All rights reserved)


  • Lunar Eclipse with Stars: 2018-07-28, 


            Darren (DMach)
  • Lunar Eclipse with Stars: 2018-07-28, 


            Darren (DMach)
  • Final
    Lunar Eclipse with Stars: 2018-07-28, 


            Darren (DMach)


Version with stars added back in


Rotated to a more typical orientation and cropped


Lunar Eclipse with Stars: 2018-07-28, 


            Darren (DMach)