Partial Eclipse of the Moon 2019 (SM-127)

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On July 16, 2019, a partial eclipse of the moon could be observed in whole Germany - at least, where it was not cloudy or even did rain. We observed and photographed the lunar eclipse on the Heiligenstein hill and, after midnight, from our terrace in Mühlhausen/Kraichgau (Sky-Watcher Skymax-127 with 32 mm eyepiece and screwed on Sony RX100 M4, as well as Sony RX10 M4 on tripod). The sky was sometimes cloudy in Mühlhausen, which can be seen on some photos. We finished our observations at about 1:30 o'clock (the moon has left the earth's umbra = end of the partial phase, 3rd contact), and were in bed at 2 o'clock...

Here, I present photos that I took with the combination of Sky-Watcher Skymax-127 and Sony RX100 M4 (screwed to the eyepiece).

Data (Germany)

The following data was extracted from the Website =, page Die Mondfinsternis am 16.07.2019 im Rückblick:

Here in Mühlhausen, everything seemed to take place a few minutes later, probably due to the relatively Western location of our home. For the next partial eclipse of the moon, we have to be patient until November 2021! My observations lay between the 2nd contact and the end of visibility (22:00 to 1:23 o'clock).



This time, I took about 200 photos, some of which I discarded immediately, and of which I can, of course, only present a small selection here. I exposed manually and used a cable release.


Here is a photo of the icy equipment (Sky-Watcher Skymax-127 on AZ-Pronto, Sony RX100 M4 screwed to the 32mm eyepiece, cable release) during the total eclipse of the moon in January 2019; the equipment was identical, but not icy in July, of course:


I took most of the photos with a focal length of 35 mm (equiv.). Sometimes, however, I forgot to zoom in and took the photos only with a focal length of 24 mm. In the first case, the moon and a little space around it lead to an image size of 2700 x 2700 pixels, in the other case only to 1890 x 1890 pixels. All in all, due to the relatively long exposure times, the photos are somewhat fuzzy, and there is no advantage to such large image sizes. Therefore, I deliver only large versions of 900 x 900 pixels.

The clock times are uncorrected values directly from the camera and serve only as a coarse orientation. If there are gaps in the times, there may have been technical issues (fuzzy photos...) or we moved from the Heiligenstein back to our home...

If you click a thumb nail, a larger version of the image (900 x 900 pixels) will appear in a new window. You have to close this new window manually!


July 16, 2019, 09:49 p.m.

09:59 p.m.

10:05 p.m.

10:08 p.m.

10:11 p.m.

10:16 p.m.


10:24 p.m.

10:33 p.m.


10:41 p.m.


10:46 p.m.


10:49 p.m.


10:53 p.m.


11:05 p.m.


11:25 p.m.

  11:32 p.m.

11:37 p.m.


11:41 p.m.


11:44 p.m.


11:49 p.m.


July 17, 2019, 00:04 a.m.


00:37 a.m.


00:43 a.m.

00:51 a.m.


00:57 a.m.


01:00 a.m.

01:06 a.m.

  01:10 a.m.

01:13 a.m.


01:15 a.m.

  01:23 a.m.

Partial Eclipse of the Moon, July 16-17, 2019 - Sony RX100 M4

Special Photos

Here, I repeat photos showing clouds or vapor stripes. In addition, there are two photos where I tried to expose to the dark side of the moon in order to also capture the clouds veils, but this was not very successful...


July 16, 2019, 09:49 p.m. - vapor stripes

10:04 p.m. - vapor stripes

10:05 p.m. - vapor stripes

10:08 p.m. - clouds

10:08 p.m. - clouds

10:11 p.m. - clouds

10:16 p.m. - clouds

10:24 p.m. - clouds

10:33 p.m. - clouds

10:41 p.m. - clouds


10:46 p.m. - clouds


10:49 p.m. - clouds


11:34 p.m. - vapor stripes


July 17, 2019, 00:01 a.m. - tried to capture the dark part of the moon


00:02 a.m. - tried to capture the dark part of the moon

Partial Eclipse of the Moon, July 16-17, 2019 - Sony RX100 M4



I created a collage from selected photos shown above (the large "jump" results from our returning home from the Heiligenstein hill):

Partial Eclipse of the Moon, July 16-17, 2019 (Sky-Watcher SM-127 and Sony RX100 M4)




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