Tetrad Sedona

On April 15th, 2014 when the Full Moon passed through the amber shadow of Earth, producing a midnight eclipse visible across North America, began a lunar eclipse tetrad—a series of 4 consecutive total eclipses occurring at approximately six month intervals. The total eclipse of April 15, 2014, was followed by another on Oct. 8, 2014, and another on April 4, 2015, and another on Sept. 27, 2015.The most unique thing about the 2014-2015 tetrad is that all of them are visible for all or parts of the USA and in particular, Sedona, AZ.

I set out to capture all four of the events, each from a different Sedona “red rock” perspective. Tetrad “I” full eclipse occurred April 15th, 2014 around midnight and I viewed and captured it from a point off Bell Rock trail north of Bell Rock, The Sedona night sky for Tertad “II” was quite overcast. My vantage point was off the trail east of Cathedral Rock, and was fortunate to have the clouds break some to capture the eclipse shortly before full eclipse as later the total eclipse was not visible. Full eclipse of Tetrad “III” was just prior to dawn. I viewed it from the Bell Rock parking lot facing southwest towards Castle Rock. Tetrad “IV” occurred shortly after sunset and was viewed from the outside roof of the Hideaway House restaurant, facing northeast over Snoopy Rock. Click on the images above for a full screen gallery view.. Contact me about prints of any or all of the views.

Transit of Venus


Captured this image of the transit of Venus today across the sun just before sunset.     “For the last time in 105 years, Earthlings and astronauts watched the planet Venus creep across the surface of the sun during a nearly seven-hour transit.” <Alan Boyle>

I took this at 7:04 PM Sedona, AZ time with my Nikon D7000 using a neutral density filter on a 300mm lens; f40 1/8000 (-5)