Taking photos of Lunar Eclipse

If you are planning on getting up between 1:35 am and 3:33 am to take a photo of the lunar eclipse here are a few tips.
1. Fully charged battery
2. If possible, get camera cool (trunk or garage)
3. If you do not have a tripod, your shutter speed should be 1/over focal length of lens i.e. if you have a 200 mm telephoto, then shoot 1/200 or 1/250 which means you will most like have to push the ISO of your camera up.
4. If you have a tripod, please use it. Slow down the shutter speed and reduce the ISO. The moon is so far away it will be easy to get into focus.
4. Shoot manual, and expose 1 or 1/2 f stops less than meter suggests. i.e. if your camera says f 3.5 try f4 or f4.5 In the middle of the eclipse, bracket, change shutter speeds slower and faster. If you are at 1/60th shoot one at 1/30 and another at 1/15 and one at 1/125 and another at 1/500 for a total of 5 shots.
If this sounds like Greek to you, consider joining my basic photography class January 18th and 25th. More under classes on my web page.
Good luck, and in you are in VA, hopefully there will be no clouds.