Archive for the ‘Astro Photo’ Category

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.


Two crescents

Monday, October 14th, 2013

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

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.

ISS transits Sun

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

ISS transit

On 1 april at 8:39:28 ISS has transited the solar disk. Note that the distance of ISS from the observer was 970 km. The Sun was only 18 degrees up in the sky and some haze prevent me to focus correctly the scene. ISS rushed over the solar disk in just 1.4 sec. The location of this single frame was Mitreni, Calarasi, Romania. The equipement used was: Canon 450DH camera in prime focus of a Celestron 9.25 cat.

Annular Solar Eclipse 2010

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

Picture taken with Canon 450DH, 70-200L f/4IS, no filter, from a field near Visini, Romania


Saturday, January 23rd, 2010

Total Solar Eclipse, Turkey 2006

Saturday, January 23rd, 2010