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Siberian delights .... photos

Started by ayiomamitis, 08/04/2008 10:25AM
Posted 08/04/2008 10:25AM Opening Post
Dear group,

I am delighted to present you with three sample results of last week's total solar eclipse and which I was fortunate to view and photograph from Novosibirsk (Siberia). With over 10,000 visitors from all over the world, it was an event that had all the elements of a Greek tragedy. I personally arrived in Novo very early Wednesday morning and my fears surrounding the bad weather based on the weather predictions were confirmed. This bad weather would literally continue into Friday, the day of the eclipse, and I came very (!) close a day earlier leaving for a long drive south and towards Mongolia were the weather had been pristine.

As luck would have it, the skies cleared about two hours before first contact and remained perfectly clear until 60 minutes after the eclipse and at which point the dense clouds arrived once again. For those who did head south, there were major problems with Chinese officials and who confiscated a lot of equipment and levied fines (the weather also degraded during the eclipse).

The first sample result documents the complete eclipse and includes the partial phases taken very ten minutes, the two diamond rings which announced the arrival and termination of totality and, of course, totality itself. The second sample photo is the stunnning corona itself and which is always an impressive sight! The third and final sample result is the same corona with slightly more aggressive processing using a technique commonly employed for cometary images.

For those interested, I kindly direct you to the following links :

(1) http://www.perseus.gr/Astro-Eclipses-2008-08-01d.htm
(2) http://www.perseus.gr/Astro-Eclipses-2008-08-01.htm
(3) http://www.perseus.gr/Astro-Eclipses-2008-08-01c.htm

I also looked for the SOHO sun-grazing comet that was supposedly two degrees to the southwest of the eclipsed sun but no luck. However, Venus was an easy and as always impressive sight.

Anthony.
Posted 08/04/2008 11:45AM #1
Wow Anthony! Spectacular results! Congratulations.

Steve
Posted 08/04/2008 01:53PM #2
Excellent work as always, Anthony.

Dave Mitsky

Chance favors the prepared mind.

De gustibus non est disputandum.
Posted 08/04/2008 07:00PM #3
Posted 08/05/2008 01:12AM #4
Very nice! I can only imagine what it was like to experience in person...
Posted 08/05/2008 02:00AM #5
Anthony,

Excellent photos. Links like yours are the reason why I didn't even try to make photos myself. I can't say that I was able to capture all the details of the photos through the binoculars, but much of it was, indeed, visible.
I hope you too had the chance to enjoy the eclipse visually.

Inge S
Posted 08/05/2008 08:28AM #6
Fantastic work Anthony... well done! 8)
Thank you for sharing!

Ivan Gastaldo 8)
Coconut Creek, FL

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Posted 08/06/2008 03:58PM #7
Thanks to everyone for the warm reception.

Next year we have the eclipse of the century with 6+ minutes of totality and, perhaps, many friends here will be able to make it.

Anthony.