out to Page, Arizona Sunday Morning
trip up featured some prong horn sheep running just north of
at the "Lonely Butte" to view the event
from the top of the Butte, 180 degree panorama looking east toward
image is clickable to a much larger screen filling size!
views the geologic interpretation sign on the hill top
standing on the west side of the butte, looking in the direction
the sun will be setting over. Perfect low mountain horizon...
east overlooking lake Powell. Boat docks on left side. We are
hundreds of feet off the plain.
bridge over the canyon in Page
our initial set up site on the west side of the butte, we set
up the Coronado PST next to our Escape and started to settle
in for the long day up on the butte.
I am on the west site, all set up with the Lunt LS100 pointed
at the high noon sun...
they came. First a few with the park service started to show
up, then hordes of sightseers on an eclipse tour, observers from
all over the state, then huge buss loads on the "Solar Bus",
and finally the Park service had to stop everyone and turn them
around to go back and be shuttled up from the remote parking
area. We were totally stunned! We had NO idea that this was going
to happen. They moved me (Grrrrrrr) after I had set up, and all
cars had to be parked a certain way on the hill top. Fortunately,
I had a fairly clear view of both the sun and the horizon. We
set up again, and waited for the adventure to begin...
start of the observers section, where amateurs with solar scopes
were setting up for the public.
here we are at our second site, the Lunt is on the left, tripod
in the middle for the long event sequence with the XTi, and Dawn
is wearing her solar shirt today!
off the Sun with the Lunt to visitors.
up the XTi for the exposure sequence...
of tripods set up on west side.
should have known. Here is the sign for the busses to drop off
the loads of "Eclipse Tourists"
THATS the name of where we were!
the "Solar Express" has arrived. Then another, then
the partial Eclipse started:
the partial phases with the solar glasses. We gave out a bunch
of these glasses to the public!
of the sun in eclipse with a pair of small binoculars.
watches the progression of the eclipse
we noticed that on the inside of the objective lens of the Lunt
was a perfectly focused image of the eclipsed Sun formed from
the internal optical layout.
observers during the partial phases
crescent sun on the Lunt
OF FIRE projected on the inside surface of the Lunts objective!
bit darker during totality.
Image Sets - Lunt LS100 Hydrogen Alpha instrument,
DMK51 USB camera on an old Televue GEM mount.
is the sun just before the eclipse started, a full disk shot
with the Lunt. Note the giant sunspot on the right side.
exposure to show prominences on the limb. Look on the lower right
cusp - the prom is actually cut in half by the moons edge!
2.5x Televue Powermate Barlow close ups to show the intricate
solar details. Your limited to around 10 seconds integration
time on your AVI movies to keep the moons limb from blurring.
to the full disk view with the Antares .5x focal reducer.
very start of Totality! The moon is completely within the Suns
"Ring of Fire" at Central totality with the Lunt 100:
total, the moon now approaches the opposite limb.
did a longer exposure to show the proms on the left emerging
from the moons disk BEFORE the suns disk re emerges.
post totality 2.5x close ups
Sequence of the Partially Eclipsed Sun
this long sequence, in which I nearly depleted the laptops battery
to nothing, I recorded the setting eclipsed sun with the Lunt
in rapid fire sequence, so that you can see it behind the distant
mountains edge. Exposures for the AVI movies had to be kept extremely
short - less than 1 second or about 8 - 10 frames to not blur
too much the mountains edge. The setting sun moves past the mountain
at around 15 arc seconds per second, blazing fast.
that ends the photo shots with the Lunt!
here is a long series of exposures with the DSLR combined into
one seamless sequence of the entire event. It was made from dozens
of exposures taken every 5 minutes through a Baader safety solar
foil to filter the sun at 1/250 at f/8. The last few frames were
very dim! Moments after the sun set, I pulled off the filter,
and without moving the camera, shot the sky with a normal exposure.
All images were combined with the "Star trails Action"
available for free as a download on my web site. The result is
a complete recording of the eclipse from full disk to totality
to sunset. I almost messed up here, since totality lasted 4.5
minutes, and I didnt think of that when I set up the exposures
for every 5 minutes. I could have missed all of totality. But
lady luck was with me and it was perfect. Whew!