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SOLAR ECLIPSES: General Information
Tips on Total Solar Eclipse Videography.
TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE PHOTOGRAPHY
Total Solar Eclipse, 26 February 1998: The Great Caribbean Eclipse
Total Solar Eclipse, 11 August 1999: The Last Total Solar Eclipse of the Second Millennium.
Partial Solar Eclipse, 25 December 2000: The Last Solar Eclipse of the Second Millennium. .
Solar Eclipse of 26 February 1998
The Great Caribbean Eclipse
from aboard the M.S. Veendam at 12° 34' 4" N, 69° 30' 7" W
(between Aruba and Curaçao)
All eclipse pictures taken at the prime focus of a Meade ETX Astro
90 mm Maksutov-Cassegrain telescope; Kodak Royal Gold 400 35 mm print film
(unless otherwise indicated)
Totality! Nice picture of inner corona. Local Time 2:14 PM.
Totality! Nice picture of solar prominences.
Totality! Nice picture of polar brushes.
Totality! Even the children got into the act with their 110 cartridge cameras! Two nice pictures of the outer corona.
Third Contact! Notice the large prominences above & below the emerging photosphere. This picture was scanned from a 5x7 color rebalanced print by Lara Young of Chick's Camera Exchange, Worthington, Ohio. Lara did a nice job of bringing out the color of the prominences.
Third Contact with the 110 camera.
The Good Ship M.S. Veendam, Holland America Lines, John Mercer, Captain
A chart of Captain Mercer's efforts to get us into clear skies and where we were at totality.
Quite a few of my pictures are still waiting to be scanned. I got some decent video footage during the eclipse. Hopefully, I can do some video capturing. I have some nice shots of the outer corona with Jupiter and Mercury flanking the eclipsed Sun, and also shadowbands! I took the video with a JVC VHS-C camera.
Solar Eclipse of 11 August 1999
The Last Total Solar Eclipse of the Second Millennium
(or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Clouds)
All eclipse pictures were taken at the prime focus of a Meade ETX Astro
90 mm Maksutov-Cassegrain telescope; Fuji 200 35 mm film
I was a part of a group
consisting of about 10 members of the Columbus Astronomical Society
and about 30 members of Amateur Astronomers, Inc. of New Jersey. The
day before the total eclipse, I delivered a presentation on
videotaping total solar eclipses at the European Southern Observatory
in Garching, just north of Munich. The schedule
for the symposium, Research Amateur Astronomy in the VLT Era, is
on line. Thank you to the European Southern Observatory for the use
of the schedule document in html form. See Session VI, Tuesday August
10, 14:55-15:10. David L. Crawford of the International Dark Sky
Association delivered a very important presentation about light
pollution. See Session IV, Monday August 9, 15:30-17:00. Bill Kramer
took a picture of
me during my presentation. Thanks to Bill for permission to use
Our group observed
totality from a soccer
field near the Bavarian
town of Altomunster. The weather prospects for the day did not
look good judging from the
view to the west. Between first and second contact, we got
drenched twice. The rain did not help us getting things set up. I had
extreme difficulty locating the sun in the telescope. What light my
solar filter did not block the clouds seemed to obscure. However,
with true German efficiency, a hole opened up about a half hour prior
to totality, then closed up about ten minutes after totality when a
thunderstorm came through. As a result, pictures of first and
fourth contact were hard to come by. At second contact,
I was shooting videotape of the shadow's approach. I ran out of film
just before third contact but I took some very nice video footage of
third contact and the shadow's departure.
Totality! Exquisite picture of the outer corona. Notice the details in the coronal streamers.
Totality! A very nice picture of the inner corona, showing prominences and structure. Composite image.
A post-totality and pre-deluge group picture of happy CAS eclipse chasers. Another succssful hunt!
Solar Eclipse of 25 December 2000
The Last Solar Eclipse of the Second Millennium
(The Great Christmas Eclipse)
All eclipse photography taken at prime focus of a Meade ETX Astro
90 mm Maksutov-Cassegrain telescope; Fuji 100 35 mm film
A Christmas miracle happened in Central Ohio: clear skies in late December! However, clear skies on a winter day means cold temps. This Christmas Day was no exception. It was a "great" eclipse as it was visible for the entire duration from my backyard. The only eclipse chasing I had to do was walk out the back door.
Here's a picture of my nearly snowbound rig in the backyard. My Minolta X-370 is notoriously fickle in cold temps. Don't let the bright sunlight fool you: the temps never broke 20° F. I had to unmount the camera after taking each frame to ensure that the dang thing would continue to work. Asthetically and scientifically, it's hard to get worked up for a partial eclipse. Trying to do something new with my images was my challenge. I thought to myself, self, why not animate the still pictures to show the moon's motion across the face of old Sol? Here it is: Ted's Partial Solar Eclipse Animation! Each frame was taken 15 to 20 minutes apart beginning at about 11:10 AM local time (EST). Pixar hasn't anything to worry about from this effort.
Total Lunar Eclipse of 20 February 2008
I have to admit that I haven't been doing much in the way of eclipse chasing so far this century. However, I did manage to capture one (1) decent image taken seconds before second contact on a very, very cold winter evening in Ohio.
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