Archive for the ‘Sun’ Category

Eclipse Fiesta, Chile 2019

Tuesday, August 13th, 2019

This was my 11th total solar eclipse and definitely one of the most beautiful I’ve seen due to low elevation of the eclipsed Sun.

My observing point was some 60km east of Punta Colorada, in a remote area, just south of Atacama region, at 1788m altitude with a great vista to the eclipse passage. From that point, we could actually see the ocean (well, covered by clouds) and the entire valley to the shore.

The corona was elongated, as expected, but washed out by the low atmosphere and low solar activity. The same with the 7-o’clock prominence witch was faint, the same elevation from chromosphere as 2017TSE, but fainter.

Nevertheless, the umbra was just fantastic, almost in conical shape from our vintage point and the colors of the horizon, shapes and tones cannot be resembled in pictures!

Here are some pictures from our trip to Atacama, images of the TSE and three videos with the passing umbra from two different locations. Before departure to my observing site, I set up a small camera on the balcony of our room and the images are spectacular, with the crowds enjoying the phenomenon, from the beach of La Serena.

Equipment: Camera – Panasonic Lumix S1R and Panasonic Lumix S1; Telescope – CFF Oil Spaced Triplet 80/6; Mount – Astrotrac 2, Tripod Heads Manfrotto, Carbon fiber tripod. This time, no software for the acquisition of the images.

An American Eclipse Tale

Wednesday, August 30th, 2017


It was a great opportunity for me and Catalin Fus to capture some fine images of the corona structure, using some of the finest refractors out there, a 160mm CFF Telescopes, f/6,5, oil spaced triplet apochromat. I know that such a high eclipse, in such part of the world with great infrastructure and so on, will not happen soon. But there came the clouds. Not dangerous ones for visual observations on the corona and chromosphere, but thick enough for good imaging data.

These are the resulting images from our expedition to totality, my 10th total solar eclipse to date. I’m already making plans for my next one in Chile 2019!

Photo credit:
Catalin Beldea, Catalin Fus / Stiinta&Tehnica Magazine Team / Romania
CFF Telescopes 160mm oil spaced triplet apo, f/6,5
CFF Telescopes 80 mm, f/6 oil spaced triplet apo, f/6
Canon 5DSR
Canon 6D
Samsung S8
Location: Meadow Acres, near Casper, Wy

An Indonesian eclipse

Sunday, March 20th, 2016



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:



Half eclipsed Earth

Saturday, March 28th, 2015




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

Thursday, November 7th, 2013


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

Friday, October 25th, 2013


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.


The last Venus Transit

Sunday, September 1st, 2013


My last Venus Transit, seen from SW Romania.

Midnight’s Solar Eclipse

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

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

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

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.

Total Solar Eclipse on Hao, French Polynesia

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

It was an incredible eclipse here on Hao Atoll, French Polynesia. I saw it through clouds with few oppenings around C3 contact.