OK a week later, I’m done licking my wounds, BUT I TRIED! So I was on my way home from family vacation, and I was all ready to go. I had my camera, I had my cool lenses, I had my tripod, and I couldn’t find the little piece that mates the camera to the tripod. Darn it! Many folks may not realize it, but a tripod is a must for astro-imaging of any kind – especially dark stuff like a lunar eclipse. SO here was my best. Using the side of a hotel as stabilization with the shutter release in my mouth and an ISO of 4000. Well 10 years ago I would have been a god. The price for this one, the hotel lobby lady was really getting whigged out over my strange behavior and language. About 40 exposures and then I threw my arms up in the air. There’s just nothing like a good tripod (or even a bad one!). It’s not half bad, BUT it could have been sooo much more!