To follow up on my previous post… for Monday night’s eclipse, I was out at my observatory where I had some thin clouds going by, but overall, it was a nice eclipse with the moon going dark enough to see a lot of stars come out. During the maximum of the eclipse, the moon had gone so dark that I was having a hard time seeing the marker at the center of my camera which I was using to insure the moon was centered for the shots. At the very end of totality, I was thnking about how quiet the night was. The usual barking dogs, howling coyotes, and crowing roosters (yes, even at 2:30AM) were all silent, but just as the moon brightened up, an owl’s screech cut through the silence. Oh, well…
More photos and time-lapse videos at: http://astrocamera.net/2014/0414/index.htm
The total solar eclipse of 2009 was again in China. Though the weather made things very touch-and-go, we managed to successfully view it. Click on the photo to check out the whole eclipse story
2009 Total Solar Eclipse
2008 Solar Eclipse
While the year isn’t over yet, it’s safe to say that the highlight of the year (astronomically speaking) was the 2008 solar eclipse which I photographed from China.
Eclipse pinhole images.
From our viewing site, totality was short and the sun was very low in the sky, but both factors added to the impact of the eclipse. In particular, the sun’s low altitude contributed warm sunset tones to the overall visual effect.
Continuous cloud cover over most of Asia, and even a thunderstorm the night before added drama to the build-up to the eclipse. And as usual, Jean and I tacked on “side trips”, turning an eclipse less than 2 minutes long into a 3-week odyssey through Korea, China, and Mongolia… but that is another story.
February 2008 Lunar Eclipse
In February, we had another lunar eclipse opportunity, though not as good as the previous lunar eclipse in August 2007. At that one, I finally realized that it is really worthwhile to go out to a dark site to watch the stars emerge as the moon fades out. But this time the fact that the weather prospects were bad and the moon was going to be rising with the eclipse already in progress, I opted to just stay in town. In fact, the weather was looking so bad that I didn’t do any equipment setup at all. However, after moonrise, the clouds cleared, so I rushed home to get in a few frames of the eclipsed moon. I ended up getting the end of totality phase, but not much more before the clouds moved back in.