Total Solar Eclipse 21 Aug 2017 – Totality Composite v2
Ein erstes Album mit Bildern von der totalen Sonnenfinsternis am 21. August 2017 in Oregon, USA, ist jetzt fertig. Zu finden auf Facebook, Google Fotos, OneDrive oder hinter dem “continue reading”-Link …
A first album with photos of the total solar eclipse on 21 Aug 2017 aka the “Great American Eclipse” in Oregon, USA, is now ready. To be found at Facebook, Google Photos, OneDrive or behind the “continue reading” link …
Southern Pinwheel Galaxy – M83 or NGC 5236, 30 x 300s
Omega Centauri – NGC 5139, 24 x 90s
NGC 6726, 6727, 6729, IC 4812 in Corona Australis
NGC 6188, 24 x 300s
IC 4603 and Rho Ophiuchi, 16 x 300s
Centaurus A – NGC 5128, 25 x 300s
Cat’s Paw Nebula – NGC 6334, 16 x 300s
IAS Observatory, Hakos, Namibia
20″ Philipp Keller Cassegrain primary focus @ 1500mm f/3
Liebscher Mount with FS2
Off axis guiding with Lodestar X2, dithering with BackyardEOS and PHD2
Canon 5D Mark II (a) or 5D Mark III (unmod), varying crop
Varying # of subs and exposure, see above, ISO 800 + sky flats/bias, no darks
Image processing DeepSkyStacker, Lightroom, Photoshop
More than two years after our last one, we took the plunge and off into the darkness. Literally.
What I’m writing about is the total solar eclipse of 20 March 2015 over the Northern Atlantic Ocean, of course. A place and time where weather prospect weren’t exactly stellar or solar, thus quite early, already in 2013, we booked Eclipse Reisen’s e-flight (operated by Air Berlin, AB 1000) from Düsseldorf.
Into the car, onto the plane, into the darkness, back into the light and the Düsseldorfian fog, and home-bound again. 12 hours round-trip, certainly a very “efficient” eclipse trip. ;-)
The experience in the air was quite different from our previous ground-based eclipse excursions. A lot of the anxiety and anticipation – will we really see totality? – is missing, as success is almost guaranteed. And when the plane finally navigates into the “eclipse run”, the partial phase is mostly completed, we didn’t get to see C1 or C4.
But absolutely priceless is the view of the moon’s umbra moving across the clouds below, seemingly slowly catching up with the air plane, then plunging us into darkness, and finally off it goes, moving away from of us. Thus I’m very happy that I was able to catch this on video.
35,000 ft above the Northern Atlantic / Norwegian Sea with mid totality at 63°31’21.3″N 7°53’05.6″W / UTC 09:43:30. From the telephoto shots I did, the contact times and positions were as follows:
C2 at UTC 09:41:35 / 63°20’18” N 8°13’23” W
C3 at UTC 09:45:15 / 63°40’53” N 7°35’37” W
for a totality duration of 3min 40s.
Impressive, as it always has been and will be. Where’s the next one? …