Solar Eclipse 20th March 2015

The last solar eclipse I managed to observe was in 1999, when I was working in London. As the solar eclipse this year is said to cover about 85% of the sun, I wanted to make sure I did not miss it. I managed to set myself up next to a field not far from home. And then all that was left was to wait and pray for the clouds to clear.

The equipment I used was Sony A7R with Skywatcher ED80 refractor, Baader Herschel Prism with double-stacked Baader Solar continuum filter, all mounted on the Astrotrac TT320X-AG borrowed from my friend. In total I managed to take 688 photos of the eclipse from when the sun became visible until the moon shadow exited the sun; there is a video of the solar eclipse to follow. I even managed to catch a little surprise in between, which I did not see until post-processing the photos.

Start of my imaging - Sunspot AR2303 just visible
Start of my imaging – Sunspot AR2303 just visible

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Maximum of eclipse
Around the point of maximum coverage of partial eclipse

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Sunspot AR2303 now visible again
Near end of eclipse
Near end of solar eclipse

This is the special thing I managed to catch during the eclipse – a plane flying past just after the maximum part of the eclipse.

Airplane flying through the eclipse
Airplane flying through the eclipse

It was a busy, tiring day, but well worth the effort. And best of all, I have something to share with all of you.

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