Lunar Eclipse Maestro

Are you contemplating serious photography of the lunar eclipse on the morning of October 8th?

If you have an Apple MacBook computer and any standard DSLR, an excellent app enables automated photography with speed and aperture settings automatically adjusted for the changing light conditions during the total lunar eclipse. This app is developed by my friend and fellow eclipse chaser, Xavier Jubier. Xavier has also kindly provided me with a computation engine that I use to create most of my eclipse maps.

From Xavier's description:

"Lunar Eclipse Maestro 1.3.1, the most versatile and feature-rich application for lunar eclipses, is now available for download. Two versions are available: one is a Universal Binary running on Tiger or newer and the other, Intel only, running on Snow Leopard and newer.

Both versions support all the Nikon DSLRs including the latest D4s, D810 and D750. However the latest Canon cameras (EOS 1200D/Rebel T5/Kiss X70, 100D/Rebel SL1/Kiss X7, 600D/Rebel T3i/Kiss X5, 650D/Rebel T4i/Kiss X6i, 700D/Rebel T5i/Kiss X7i, 70D, 7D Mark II, 6D, 5D Mark III, 1D X and 1D C) are only supported on the Intel version. Legacy Canon cameras (EOS 350D/Rebel XT/Kiss N, 20D/20Da and 5D) are only supported by the Universal Binary version. All the SBIG CCD cameras and their filter wheels are now supported as well and it does also work with a few Nikon Coolpix cameras.

Users of all the previous releases are strongly encouraged to upgrade to this version as it brings improvements and fixes bugs (mainly regressions). That way you will be able to enjoy new or improved features and bug fixes as well as eclipses even more without worrying about operating your digital cameras.

Many under the hood improvements were made and one interesting feature was improved for Nikon DSLRs: shooting at full resolution with the mirror always raised is now possible (shouldn't be confused with video mode). This will give even better results and reduce the time needed between successive frames as you don't need to wait after locking-up the mirror.

To know more and download please visit:

And direct comments, questions, or problems to me on the support board:

To post you will need to register first, but you'll also benefit from the experience of others to find answers to your questions or problems. Please try to post in English in order to have a larger audience. I will generally answer in English to messages in French, Italian, German or Spanish, unless you clearly specify otherwise.

Clear skies,