A lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth is just between the Sun and the Moon; obviously this only can happen when the moon is full.
As you can see the eclipse of August 16, 2008 was a PARTIAL eclipse:
From my observatory I could not see the eclipse, as my own house and trees were blocking the view, so I went to my good friend Rob Kantelberg and together we imaged from his front yard [under the street lanterns !].
Ther conditions were such that initially Rob and I called the imaging off, but later the conditions improved a bit.
The skies were not really clear: a hazy layer lay as a blanket over the horizon, so when the moon rose it had an orange/yellow colour.
Rising partially eclipsed moon.
August 16, 2008 20:17 UT.
Imaged with Bynolyt Starling 20x50 Mono Spotting scope and handheld Nikon Coolpix 995 Digital Camera.
The orange colour is caused by a hazy cloud layer.
Equipment and personnel.
August 16, 2008 20:47 UT.
From left to right: Rob Kantelbergs vintage Newtonian with Canon 80D Digital camera,
my Astro-3 mount with 135mm SLR Photolens + 2x Teleconverter and SC3 Colour camera
and finally my phototripod with Bynolyt Starling 20x50 Mono Spotting scope [use for viewing and imaging with Nikon Coolpix 995 Digital Camera].
Operators: Rob Kantelberg and son, picture by Jan Timmermans.
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August 16, 2008 20:02 - 21:20 UT.
Based on the above images I have made this animation [the changing sky conditions are clearly visible !]: The individual images were loaded into K3CCDTools and then exported as a GIF file.
Click the thumbnail version to view the full size animation (file size 748 Kb)