There were 47 images transmitted LIVE by the Calwell Lunar Observatory from the recent total lunar eclipse of 1997 September 16-17 from a colour CCD Sony Handycam camera. While these were NOT of high definition I thought they were good enough to illustrate the wonder of the TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE.
With the kind permission of Bengt Ask, Sweden I have included with my first animation several cameos of Bengt's colour images taken during totality.
I also recorded high definition monochrome CCD images from first contact to when the moon set below our Brindabella Mountains here in Canberra - these are included in the second animation.
With the kind permission of Andrea Invernizzi, the images photographed by Andrea and Massimo Pedrazzini from South of Switzerland, have also been included as a third animation.
Neither of my CCD cameras were sensitive enough to record the moon in totality (but see above) nor to record the numerous stellar occultations.
The first animated file in the area below is of the "LIVE" low resolution images with a time base of h:m:s (UT) from the 1997 September 16 lunar eclipse. These video images were recorded by the Calwell Lunar Observatory and were put LIVE to the Internet by file transfer protocol (ftp) as monochrome images during the eclipse.
There is a second animated file of my captured high resolution images in the area below commencing at 16h 50m 50s (UT) then for every 3 minutes also from the 1997 September 16 lunar eclipse. There are several blank frames due to TOTALITY (a time gap of 1 hour) and CLOUD, with the last three images at a shorter time interval to show moon set over the Brindabella Mountains at 19h 54m (UT).
These images were recorded on video by the Calwell Lunar Observatory during the eclipse to allow this series of images to be measured, calibrated and analysed to determine if any dynamic change occured in the size of the umbra during this eclipse.
There is a third animated file of images in the area below of the 1997 September 16 lunar eclipse by Andrea Invernizzi, which is repeated in a loop. These images were photographed from the South of Switzerland and will also be measured to acertain change in the umbral geometry.