The highly commended image for the Our Moon category of the 2015 Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition.
The Our Moon category is for lunar images, including lunar eclipses and occultation of planets. It excludes shots of the Moon with earthly landscapes (these belong in the 'Skyscapes' category). Visit How to photograph the Moon for expert tips.
Highly Commended for the Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2015 Our Moon category
Highly commended by the judges for the 2015 Our Moon category was ‘A Tainted Eclipse' by Phil Hart, (Australia), taken from Lake Boga in Victoria, Australia. It was shot using a Takahashi FS-102 telescope, a AZ EQ6 mount, an 1.4 x extender telescope lens and a Canon 6D camera with 1300mm f/13 lens. The image was obtained with an ISO of 400 and an eight-second exposure.
Phil told us: 'After driving hours to clear skies, I set up all my gear and waited for the Moon to rise, aiming to capture an uninterrupted sequence of images to animate the eclipse from start to finish. At the start of totality, I slewed to a bright star, placed a Bahtinov mask on the scope and refocused, then quickly re-framed the Moon and got the sequence running again. It was half an hour before I realised the mask was still on the scope and I had ruined the pivotal period of the eclipse. I was devastated.'
Competition judge Marek Kukula said of the photo: ‘It’s always nice to see some colour in this category and here the vibrant orange Moon is a great example of a lunar eclipse — even if it wasn't exactly the shot that the photographer had intended!’
Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition
The Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition, sponsored by Insight Investment, is an annual global search for the most beautiful and spectacular visions of the cosmos by amateur and professional astrophotographers. The winning images are showcased in a stunning exhibition at the Royal Observatory Greenwich.