A lunar eclipse (why is the media calling it a “blood moon” now?) is just about my favorite thing to point my camera at. I learned about the April 14/15 lunar eclipse just a few days before it happened. Guess I wasn’t paying attention to news sites. Still, it was enough time to form a plan.
I wanted some dark skies. New Mexico has them, but near Albuquerque, they’re getting less dark all the time. I wanted to drive and get some good blackness. But where to go? The mountains? A couple hours down the freeway? White Sands?
The Very Large Array? Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. A plan formed.
The VLA is about 2 hours from my front door. It seemed like just the thing. The sky would be dark and maybe I could get a shot with the moon and a dish.
I topped Sharka up with gas, grabbed a tripod, and hit the road.
I need to mention Sharka’s headlights. They’re the Moss low pros with a wiring mod to let all four shine together. And good goddamn, they’re excellent. The sun truly comes out in front of the car. I mean, they’re great around town and all, but it’s not till I’m somewhere that’s actually DARK that I can fully appreciate these lights.
Thanks to these headlights, Sharka didn’t get crunched in the hands (ass?) of the local house-sized elk. Seriously. Huge. They could have been moose (mice? Meeces?) or even very large horses. Never seen so many or so large. But I digress.
We finally got out to the VLA and waited. And then the magic happened. Nearly two hours of total lunar eclipse. It was incredible.
About 300 miles of driving. Staying up all night. Shivering. Dodging elk.
So worth it.
My email has been overflowing since posting this. By popular request, here’s a couple desktop sized photos. Enjoy! (Right click, save image.)