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.


November 12th, 2010 • Educational2 Comments »

Expo Vanatoare de Eclipse

Intre 16 si 30 noiembrie va invit sa vedeti cateva dintre imaginile surprinse la cele 5 eclipse totale de Soare pe care le-am “vanat”. Expozitia este gazduita de Cafepedia de la Romana (langa La Mama Romana).

Total Solar Eclipse on Hao, French Polynesia

July 14th, 2010 • 2010 TSE3 Comments »

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

Pacific Expedition

July 3rd, 2010 • ProjectsComments Off on Pacific Expedition

Pacific Expedition

My expedition to the Total Solar Eclipse 2010 in French Polynesia begins today. Stay tuned for pictures of the adventure and of course of the eclipsed Sun. For daily briefings, visit also

ISS transits Sun

April 1st, 2010 • MiscellaneousComments Off on ISS transits Sun

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.