Category Archives: Solar/Lunar Eclipses

Eclipse Video from Crawford Notch State Park, NH

I finally had a chance to piece together a short video showing the August 2017 eclipse as viewed from Crawford Notch State Park in New Hampshire. The video is about four seconds long.

Tech Specs: Canon T4i, 400mm lens, Thousand Oaks Optical solar filter. Date: August 21, 2017.

Solar Eclipse from New Hampshire

Here is a panel of exposures taken of the solar eclipse from way up north in Crawford Notch State Park in New Hampshire.

Tech Specs: Canon T4i, 400mm lens, Thousand Oaks Optical solar filter. Date: August 21, 2017.

Got to share the partial eclipse with about 40 new friends who stopped by to view the eclipse on the camera display.

…Tom

Eclipse Preparations

So, the glass screw-on solar filter I ordered from Thousand Oaks Optical doesn’t appear as though it will arrive in time for the eclipse. I fashioned this filter using Styrofoam, 4″x4″ solar filter sheet and hot glue. This will be placed on the business end of my lens which will be my Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM + Canon 2x Extender III giving me a 400mm f/5.6 lens. We plan on observing from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon (if the travel gods smile upon us and the weather gods are not angered).

This arrangement will allow me to quickly remove the filter and switch to a wider angle for totality.

Lunar Eclipse Collage from Pennsylvania

Images from last evenings eclipse, Northeastern Pennsylvania.

Despite the rather miserable conditions and the moon breaking in and out of the clouds, I managed to salvage a few shots. None of them capture the 100% phase as thick clouds rolled in about 10 minutes before the main event. I’m still happy with the salvaged images.

Canon 6D mounted on a Meade 12″ LX90 telescope, hand guided.

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Clear skies!

…Tom

Prepare Now for the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse in North America.

I know it is a long way off, but you should start your preparations now.  I already have my location selected, it is…… sorry, TOP SECRET.  I plan on combining this special event with my annual migration/vacation.  Mark the date now, August 21, 2017.

I learned my lesson during the last annular solar eclipse, I waited too long to purchase some solar filters/films for my telescope and camera – guess what? Every store was sold out.

You can check out the NASA Eclipse Web Site to see exactly where you need to be for this total solar eclipse.  The interactive map will let you zoom in to find a prime location.  You can access the map HERE.  There is also a nice article on the EarthSky.org web site that you can access HERE, and another on Universe Today, HERE.

I was looking for a location with some nice backgrounds, mountains, etc. that lie in the path of totality.  I also researched general weather conditions for August in the area I want to photograph from.  Here is a great way to research historical weather for an area you may be interested in.  First, visit the NASA web site and find a good location on the interactive map.  Next, visit the Wunderground® Travel Planner at:

http://www.wunderground.com/travelplanner/index.asp

Type in your viewing location and set both the start and end date to August 21, 2015 and then click the EXPLORE button.  The results will show you historical weather data for that location.

As an examples, I tried St. Joseph, Missouri on August 21, 2015. The results, 64% chance for a sunny day on any August 21st based on the historical averages, not bad.  If you live close to the path of totality, you can make adjustments for bad weather.  For me, travelling from Pennsylvania, it’s probably going to be a crap shoot.

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Historical weather from Wunderground® Travel Planner.

Try several spots along the totality path and find one that suits you.  My site sports a 79% chance of sunny skies and has some awesome backgrounds. Good luck finding your special location and order any equipment you need early!  As the time approaches I’ll be doing some equipment reviews to help you prepare.

My short list of equipment that I still need:

  • Solar filters or film for various camera lens.
  • Portable power supply for my equipment.

If you have any suggestions, please post a comment!

In the meantime, please enjoy some of these eclipse photographs from my friends.

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From our friend Joseph Kramer who noted that he used a Nikon D3200 with a 
300 mm lens with polarized and UV filters, f/29, ISO 100 and a 1/4000 second exposure.

 

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From our friend Robert Pickard who took this photo from Grove Hill, Alabama in October 2014.

 

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Our friend James Fitzgerald has an entire Facebook album filled with images that can be viewed by clicking HERE.  The photo to the left is just one sample.

 

 

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Our friend Ken Christison has an entire Facebook album filled with images from the Annular Solar Eclipse on May 20, 2012 that can be viewed by clicking HERE.  The photo to the right is just one sample from his album.

 

Thank you all for sharing your images!

Clear skies!

…Tom

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