How to Watch and Shoot the Super Blue Blood Moon

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By | Updated January 30, 2018
How to Watch and Shoot the Super Blue Blood Moon
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On January 31st, early in the morning, go outside and look up. What you’ll be seeing is super blue blood moon (say that 5x fast). For the first time in 152 years, a supermoon, two full moons in one month, and a lunar eclipse are happening at the same time.

A supermoon occurs when a full or new moon is closest to the Earth. In this case, the supermoon is actually occurring on the night of the 29th-30th, but NASA is including it in the blue blood moon phenomenon. 

If you want to experience this celestial event with more than just the naked eye or capture a precise moment or the whole event in a time lapse, we have the gear for you. Professional or amateur stargazers and photographers alike can use these tools to get the most out of this experience without breaking the bank.

Need some tunes to set the celestial mood? We’ve got you covered with this Spotify playlist.

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If you've ever tried to take a picture of the moon with your smartphone, you know that the resulting dot isn't Instagram-worthy. The 12X magnification telephoto lens included in this Apexel kit easily clips onto your phone and will help you actually see the moon in your photos. The kit also comes with a small tripod that can keep your phone steady for time lapses.

Best Smartphone Telephoto Lens KIt
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If you want a high quality image and already have a DSLR camera, it’s time to upgrade your lens. You can start to get great pictures of the moon at 200mm, so we found the best 200–300mm lens for Canon, Nikon, and Sony cameras. In order to get the clearest shot, we also made sure these lenses have image stabilization. 

Best Brand Name Telephoto Lenses for Popular DSLRs
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Wanna get up close and personal with the moon? You’ll need a lens with a little more power. Opteka makes some impressive, affordable telephoto lenses that make up for their build quality with some major zoom capabilities. These lenses are massive and don’t have image stabilization features, so make sure you have a sturdy tripod as well.

Best Budget Telephoto Zoom Lens for Popular DSLRs
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If want to be in the moment or check out the eclipse while you make a time lapse, a telescope is a cool, “lo-fi” option. This Gskyer refracting telescope works very well, comes with accessories like a tripod and magnifying eyepieces (16X and 40X), and is light enough to take on the road (or your roof). 

Best Budget Telescope
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Okay, so you can see the moon better, but won’t your arms be tired? This Ravelli tripod offers height, good build quality, and universal phone mount. Whatever you’re using to watch the eclipse, this tripod can support it!

Best Budget Tripod
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If you’re looking for a serious tripod that will last, try this Magnus VT-3000 Tripod. The extra $100 gets you a ball head for smoother movement, counterbalance to keep it from tipping, and exceptional build quality.

Best Tripod

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