- About Richard
I drove 170 miles to Columbia, Missouri, the day before the eclipse. This community was right along the narrow path of totality. On the morning of the eclipse I set up my telescope and camera, including my home-made solar filter that I fashioned with Baader film and cardboard, on a church parking lot that proved to be an excellent location. My equipment was heavy for a camera tripod, which provided an unstable platform. And, without an equatorial mount, I had to find the eclipsing Sun and periodically re-center manually in the camera's field of view.
But my biggest challenge was the weather. At 11 AM, some 45 minutes before the partial eclipse began, the sky was 90-95% cloud covered. Surprisingly, I was able to take several images of the eclipse clearly showing the Moon encroaching on the disk of the Sun. Totality began at 1:12 PM and lasted for 2 minutes and 30 seconds. Having never seen a total solar eclipse I did not know what to expect. I was surprised at how suddenly the sky darkened when totality began. It was almost instantaneous, comparable to turning out the lights in an illuminated room. The sky was not completely dark as I had expected, but more like the darkening sky several minutes after sunset. The temperature felt a little cooler, and nocturnal insects began chirping. I quickly removed my solar filter, and for 2 minutes took several unfiltered images of the eclipsed Sun, the corona, and the photosphere. I bracketed my images, but the best appeared to be at 1/800 second and ISO 400. I was stunned at the first images of the corona, given the cloud layer overhead. While the images undoubtedly would have been better under a clear sky, I was pleased with the results.
Eclipse 2017Date Taken:
August 21, 2017Location Taken:
Columbia, Missouri USAConditions of Location:
100% cloud covered with clouds of varying thicknessEquipment Used:
Takahashi 90mm apochromatic refractor, Canon 5d DSLR, camera tripodProcessing Used:
one 1/800, ISO 400, image, unguidedDistance from Location: Constellation: Other Link: