GUEST SOLAR ECLIPSE ASTROPHOTOGRAPHY
Some ETX users have sent me examples of their astrophotography. If you have some examples you would like included here please send me a description of how you made the astrophotos and a copy of the images as GIF or JPEG files (due to internet email gateway issues, please send only one image file per message). Send to firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, if you have created your own web page with your examples please let me know and I'll include a link to your site.
|email@example.com (Rick Stankiewicz) [30 Dec 00]|
I thought you may like to see (and post) the my shots of "the partial" from Peterborough, Ontario, Canada.
They were all shot using an ETX and a Canon Ftb at prime focus. A Thousand Oaks 2+ filter was used with 200 ASA print film at 1/125 exposure. The attached sequence shows a sampling of the whole series from the 11:00 a.m start to the 2:11 p.m. finish and the 12:36 p.m. peak. Enjoy!
|firstname.lastname@example.org (The Stover's) [30 Dec 00]|
25 Dec 00. ETX90EC, polar mounted, eyepiece projection Meade 4000 40mm. Sony Mavica
FD71 digital camera handheld using timer to take out some of the camera
shake. 12:28 Eastern standard time maximum eclipse. Checkout the Yahoo club
Vic Stover, Waldo, Ohio
|email@example.com (Carl Bernhardt) [28 Dec 00]|
Here is a picture of the December 25 Partial Solar Eclipse. The picture is
a little fuzzy, but considering that the picture was taken under very windy
Southern California Santa Ana Wind conditions, it is about the best I could
do. The picture was shot at prime focus using an ETX90 using Kodak elite
200 slide film with a 1/30 second exposure. The time is approximately 0830
PST. I used a sun filter.
|firstname.lastname@example.org (William Burgin) [28 Dec 00]|
[Top] This photo was taken at 12:54 EST, 12/25/00 in Jamestown, RI (41.29N
It was taken with an ETX 90 at prime focus, short barrel, with a Canon
digital camera at 1/60.
[Bottom] This photo was taken around 12:55 EST, 12/25/00 in Jamestown, RI (41.29N 71.22W). It was taken with an ETX 90 with eyepiece projection using a 50mm? Paul Rini? eyepiece with a Canon Elura 2 digital video camera.
|Gerald Wechselberger (email@example.com) [29 Mar 00]|
I attach an example of last years solar eclipse pictures i made with
my old ETX90 and an OLYMPUS OM1 Camera at the prime focus of the ETX.
Location where we watched the event was on the border of East Austria in
All phases of the eclipse are available in highest resolution for printing
Large Posters. If you want a picture with higher resolution and nice
i am ready to send. However for a first check the filesize is much to high!
|Carl Dashman (firstname.lastname@example.org)|
These were taken from the deck of the Vistafjord in the Black Sea on 11
August 1999. One image is with a Minolta Maxxum 7000 attached to the
back of my ETX (an older 90mm) using Kodak Gold 400 and the Meade ETX
T-Adapter with the extension. I have NO idea what the final focal
length is, but I cannnot bring it into focus without the extension!
Settings, if you believe it, were automatic, but a cable release was
The other image is from a Minolta Maxxum 3si mounted on top of the ETX,
with a Sigma 28-200 zoom lense and a Tamron 2x 7-element extender set to
maximum (for 400mm), also with Kodak Gold 400 at automatic. Pictures
were taken by pressing the timer release to attempt to minimize
As a note, my Pelican cases protected my scope and cameras wonderfully.
Hope you enjoy the photos.
|Mario Roberto Carraro (email@example.com)|
|I've just surfed in your site, dedicated to Etx. I send you some photo
taken in Balaton lake during the last solar eclipse here in Europe (11
of Agoust). The photos were done with a focal lenght of nearly 1600mm,
obtained with an extension from the prime focus.
The film was an Agfa superia 200 asa and the exposure time were 1/2000,
1/500 and 1/2000.
My e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please put a link to my home page, www.keycomm.it/users/mrc.
|Bernard Allouche (email@example.com)|
|Two pictures taken between Compiegne and Beauvais,
near Paris, 08/11/99 at 10h25 UTC :
*the first : no clouds, 100ASA, 1/60 sec, f/16, 1450mm ETX RA, scanned at 300 dpi and zoomed with PaintShopPro.
*the second: 800ASA, 70 mm Compact 24*26 hand held. Venus at the bottom.
Best regards and thanks for your site.
Bernard from France
|Stefano Kustermann (firstname.lastname@example.org)|
|Here is a picture (retouched with the help of Paint Shop Pro
5) taken from Rome - Italy (84% of total eclipse maximum) on 1999 11th of
August. It was my first eclipse and for this occasion I set my Meade ETX
astro 90 mm. on a sturdy tripod. The telescope front lens was protected by
a mylar filter + Pentax LX in prime focus position with release cable. The
film I used was Fuji Provia 100 ASA and speed was 1/15th of second. My
regret is not to have moved to the total eclipse area !!! I just began to
build a page dedicated to astrophotography in my Home Page that you can
reach at the URL www.geocities.com/HotSprings/8228/pien003b.html
I could take that picture and have lots of fun just because I got many tips
about practical astrophotography with an ETX on your Home Page!
Good-bye and clear skies|
|Geordan Rosario (geordan@CSUA.Berkeley.EDU)|
|I trekked to Paris for the eclipse but, due to various bits of bad luck,
I missed the path of totality by a mere 20 kilometers or so. Oh well.
I did manage to snap some photos through the ETX.
http://www.wuut.net/~geordan/eclipse-pics.html for the images and a brief story of what happened.
I tried my hand at taking a photo of the last quarter moon; that can
be seen at http://www.wuut.net/~geordan/images/sky/moon.jpg. I should
probably crop that down a bit.
|Kevin Sloan (KevinSloan@btinternet.com)|
|I have an ETX and I took it on my holiday/vacation to Northern France -
nothing to do with the Eclipse of course - (That what I told my wife
anyway). Luckily I caught totality between clouds.
My first (sorry second) attempt at Astrophotograhpy - I don't think they are
toooo baddd :-). I have compiled a web page from the results - I hope you
dont disapprove too much of some of the adulterations that went on (I just
about exhausted all of the options with PaintShop Pro on this one!). Some of
the prints survived intact though!
|Spencer R. Rackley IV (email@example.com)|
|I've used an ETX on the Aug. 11th, 1999 eclipse and on the Feb. 28th,
1998 eclipse. In '98 I carried an ASTRO to Aruba and this year I carried
an EC to France. Go to.....
and follow the links to the eclipse pages.
|Bruno Najac (firstname.lastname@example.org)|
|Please find 2 pics of the 11 august 1999 solar eclipse. They were taken
near Neufchatel en Braye, a little town in Normandy located on the
ETX RA - T64 adapter (only the short part) - Nikon F3 - Fuji 200.
Left pic : 1/125 s. Right one 1/15 s.
Thanks for your great job - Bruno Najac - Paris
|Andreas P. Spiering (email@example.com)|
|This pic was shot 08-11-99 during the solar eclipse in germany
near nuremberg at 1035 h UTC.|
camera : minolta x700
film : fuji 200 asa
ex.time : 1/15 s
mount : gemini 10
It shows 98% of eclipse.
greetings from germany
Andreas P. Spiering
|Here is a picture my husband and I took during the solar eclipse of august 11th, in France. We used our ETX-90 and a Canon EOS 1000F camera, with a 100 ISO Kodak film. All the pictures we took are available from our web site, at the following address:
Thank you for all the information you provide on your site. It is of great help.|
|Dave Haigh (firstname.lastname@example.org)|
|11 August 1999. Unfortunately here in lancashire we only got 90% and
it was a bit windy so piccies not superb
taken on ETX 90EC at prime focus with a Canon EOS1 exposure from 1/100 to
|Dan Hawrylkiw (email@example.com)|
|These Photos of the 2-26-1998 Solar Eclipse were taken between
Guadaloupe and Montserrat Islands in the Caribbean. Originally, I
planned to take the photos from the shore of Guadaloupe, but the island
still had clouds on the leeward side where we had the chance to go
ashore. I stayed aboard the Windjammer ship to sail to the centerline.
Due to the ship's motion, I scrapped the equatorial mount, slower film,
and placed the ETX optical tube directly on the camera tripod leaving
the Alt and Az axes unlocked. All photos were shot hand holding the
camera body and manually pointing the scope to counteract any motion.
Both exposures unrecorded on Kodak PPF400
Top Image: Solar flare visible after second contact
|David Hough (DHOUGH@ncc.nsw.gov.au)|
|ETX 40mm eyepiece projection taken with an olympus 1400 digital camera, the
backup when my normal pentax K1000 didn't seem to be in focus. Taken about 18:25 AEST or 0825 UT on Feb 16 at Newcastle, Australia
|you'll find on my web site at
at the last item in the summary 'quelques travaux' or 'some jobs' in english, some picture of the last total solar eclipse of 26/2/98 in guadeloupe made with my ETX in prime focus on EKTAR 100 there is also a movie made with the pictures.
|Raymond N. Sjaarda (firstname.lastname@example.org)|
|Here are three different images of the eclipse taken from Aruba Feb 26, 1998. I did have some tracking errors with all of my equipment on my ETX despite polar aligning the scope the night before. There was no Dec drift but the scope could "not keep up" in RA.
Photos are as follows:
I also videotaped the eclipse with a handycam on the JMI piggyback mount
|John Atkinson (email@example.com)|
|We just got back from the Caribbean--we were down there for the February 26, 1998 solar eclipse, and got some great photos through the prime focus of the ETX. Here's a sample:
I'm going to work these photos into a set of pages chronicling our cruise--when I get the time.
I love my ETX! :-)
|Jeffrey Spidle (firstname.lastname@example.org)|
|Here are some pictures that I took of the February 26, 1998 solar eclipse in Aruba with my ETX. The motor drive was so accurate that I didn't have to adjust the alignment for more than 2 hours. The first picture is just after "first contact" The second is of my self 10 minutes before totality, picture from my wife's olympus. The third is of me at totality, it was so dark that the navigational bouys started blinking. The 4th is of the begining of totality. The last is of the "diamond ring" effect. All of these images were taken with the ETX as pictured, except the ones of the ETX.|
|Luis Fernando Pertuz (email@example.com)|
|February 26, 1998|
Film: Kodak Gold ASA-400
Camera: Pentax "Asahi 100" 35mm semi-automatic
Mounting: ETX stuck on a tripod on a wing and a prayer
Exposures: complicated subject due to the camera's automatic (flawed when reading light off the ETX) exposures, although we forced it to user faster/slower shutter speeds. in general exposure times vary from 1/8th of a second (in smallest partial shot) to 1/500th in Bailey's Beads...
Check out the complete set of eclipse photos: www.uninorte.edu.co/~lpertuz/.
|William Burgin (firstname.lastname@example.org)|
|Here is a photo of the Feb 26 eclipse taken with the ETX, 26mm eyepiece & Casio QV-10 digital camera in Newport, Rhode Island Lon 71.19W Lat 41.29N.|
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