On Wednesday evening a rare lunar event will see the moon glow a bright and beautiful red.
Nicknamed the Super Blood Moon, the Earth's sunrise and sunset will give a red glow to a bigger than usual moon.
To best capture the "fantastic moment" for astro enthusiasts, award-winning photographer Ari Rex will head out of town and away from light pollution.
While his arsenal includes several cameras worth more than $20,000, Mr Rex said a good lens was more important than an expensive camera.
Armed with this knowledge and a few basic tricks, even amateur photographers will be able to capture the Blood Moon in all its glory, Mr Rex said.
Early is easier if you don't have professional equipment
"Before the moon enters the Earth's umbra it is quite bright and it's full so you don't really need a professional camera," Mr Rex said.
"You can photograph the moon even with a hand-held camera and a long-focal lens."
He said as the Earth's shadow slowly covers the moon it gets darker and darker, meaning from about 9pm it will pay to have good gear.
"Then you will definitely need a fast-aperture lens," Mr Rex said.
He recommended a telephoto lens at least 200 millimetres, right up to 1600 millimetres, so the moon doesn't look like a speck in the sky.
"They allow quite a bit of light onto the sensor," he said.
Take a tripod
Mr Rex said a tripod was pretty crucial with or without a professional lens, just make sure the stabiliser was turned off.
"The shadow speed will be quite slow and the longer the focal lens - the closer you are to the moon - the more it's going to move," he said.
Mr Rex said the movement was a result of the Earth and the moon's rotation.
"You still have to have a camera that handles a high ISO because you have to ramp up the ISO in the camera to compensate for the loss of light."
Head into the backyard or, better yet, the bush
When Canberra experienced a blood moon in 2018, Mr Rex captured it from the National Arboretum.
This time he will head further out of town to escape light pollution. He hopes his escape from the city will allow him to capture the Milky Way, alongside the Blood Moon.
"The Blood Moon will be rising in the east so you should leave the light pollution behind and stay away from main highways," Mr Rex said.
"If you get this right you will also photograph the Milky Way core, which will be visible from 9:10-9:25 pm here in Canberra."
For southsiders, Mr Rex recommended heading out to Namadgi National Park for a light free lunar experience.
For those in the north, Wallaroo will make a great vantage point, he said.
Not willing to travel?
Mr Rex recommended the backyard over frontyard viewing, as a way of avoiding the street lights.
Turn off devices a few minutes before viewing
Mr Rex said viewing and photographing the moon is enhanced when eyes have had a chance to adjust to the dark.
For this reason, he recommended turning off devices prior to getting snap happy.
What about with a mobile phone?
Mr Rex said you will need to have one of the latest smartphones to capture the Blood Moon in any quality.
For best results, he recommended a tripod or resting the phone on a flat surface to keep it still.
"The camera becomes a bit stupid at night," he said.
"If you have a decent phone with a good range and you know how to press on the moon and lower the exposure you might come out with something nice."
What about in town?
Stargazers are invited to the lawns of Parliament House on Wednesday to view the Total Lunar Eclipse.
To mark the occasion, Australian National University vice-chancellor Brian Schmidt and astrophysicist Brad Tucker will be at Parliament, discussing the skies above Canberra.
Audiences will also hear from Gamilaraay/Yuwaalaraay man and astrophysicist Pete Swanton speak about Australian Indigenous astronomy.
Dr Tucker said the total lunar eclipse occurs when the moon passes into the Earth's shadow.
"While the Earth casts a shadow into space a little bit of light skims through the atmosphere and into space," Dr Tucker said.
"As the moon perfectly centres in the Earth's shadow, it hits this orange-red light.
Dr Tucker said the action starts at 7.44pm in Canberra, when the Moon will slowly darken for about one-and-a-half hours.
The Parliament House event starts at 6pm. Total eclipse will be from 9.11-9.25pm. The show is all over at 10:52pm.
Registration is through Humanitix.
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