For September 28th TLE, I managed to organize, toghether with my colleagues from Stiinta&Tehnica, a small expedition to reach for clear sky, somewhere in Romania. We came to observe the eclipse in Dobrogea county, on a wind-turbine field, near Cogealac village, 250km east from Bucharest. In my opinion, this was a 2 on Danjon scale, deep red lunar eclipse. Here is my picture from our observing site.
On 20th of March 2015 I was on EFLIGHT B737-800 airplane, above Norwegian Sea, some 35,000 ft. altitude. It was the most beautiful corona I have ever seen. The streamers of the outer corona could be observed like the Sun was at minimum, eventhough it is still in maximum activity cycle! From my frosted window, high above the clouds, one could say that half of the Earth is eclipsed…
I had a very different experience at this eclipse than in my last ones. I was with Glenn Schneider’s group at eastern shore of lake Turkana, in NW Kenya. Some 40 minutes before totality we decided to fly behind a storm to observe 10 seconds of this short but very challenging total solar eclipse. Thanks to Glenn’s genius calculations for intercepting the umbra and the skils of the pilot, I was able to capture the entire sequence of the eclipse through the open door of the small Cessna airplaine. Video still to come. This project was powered by Samsung Romania.
The 2012 TSE was THE special one. We were able to capture the cone of the umbra from stratosphere (24-26 km above sea level) using a balloon and the entire spectacle of the totality from the ground. Our base was set somewhere near Kimba station, deep into the Queensland outback. Images from stratosphere with the shaddow of the Moon are processed by Joe Cali. The balloon rised at almost 37km, you can see a picture right before the burst. Here are the pics.
It was for the first time in my chase for eclipses when I was searching for fog and not for clear skies. The images were tacken from Perisoru, SE Romania, through dense fog, at – 14 (minus) degrees Celsius. Why foggy eclipse? This time I went for scenic view not for technical images. So I had to find a place where 18-19 degrees up in the sky sun had the same exposure as the terrestrial subjects.