An Indonesian eclipse

March 20th, 2016 • 2016 TSEComments Off on An Indonesian eclipse



This is how the corona of the Sun could be seen in perfectly clear skies, only at the time of a total solar eclipse. I observed the 2016 TSE from Tidore, a volcanic island in the eastern part of Indonesian archipelago. The totality lasted roughly 3 minutes and 5 seconds. Here are some pictures from my trip to this extraordinary Indonesian eclipse. The first image is made from a sequence of 12 frames I took, with a Nikon D7200 + CFF Telescopes 80mm f/6 apochromatic oil spaced triplet. It was processed by Alson Wong.

Wonder how was the sky during totality? Here is a short timelapse from my spot:



Deep red Total Lunar Eclipse

October 11th, 2015 • 2015 TLE, MoonComments Off on Deep red Total Lunar Eclipse

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.

2015 TLE

Half eclipsed Earth

March 28th, 2015 • 2015 TSE, Astro PhotoComments Off on Half eclipsed Earth




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…

Totality from above the clouds

November 7th, 2013 • 2013 TSEComments Off on Totality from above the clouds


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.

Umbra from stratosphere and from the ground

October 25th, 2013 • 2012 TSE, SunComments Off on Umbra from stratosphere and from the ground


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.


Two crescents

October 14th, 2013 • Moon, Solar SystemComments Off on Two crescents

conj luna venus

Moon and Venus at their best. Venus was some 55 arcsecs. The image was taken from 1400m altitude, above Sinaia city. In the backgroud are Baiului mountains. June 18th 2012, early in the mourning…

The last Venus Transit

September 1st, 2013 • 2012 VTComments Off on The last Venus Transit


My last Venus Transit, seen from SW Romania.

Open Space

October 21st, 2011 • EducationalComments Off on Open Space

This is the best photo I’ve made. I wish I was there, but the camera was programmed to shoot pics by itself.

Midnight’s Solar Eclipse

June 3rd, 2011 • 2011 June PSE, Astro Photo1 Comment »

On 1st of  June, on Kid’s Day, in Santa’s Land, Lapland, something extraordinary happened. At midnight, not only that you could see the Sun but you could see an eclipse of the Sun. The eclipse of midnight sun.

Foggy Eclipse

January 4th, 2011 • 2011 January PSE, Astro Photo3 Comments »

Foggy Eclipse

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.