A Quick Eclipse

Today in Ontario we had a partial solar eclipse.   In fact, it covered most of North America.

Nothing spectacular where I was   Just a tiny wedge of the sun disappeared.

And of course it just happened at sunset so I literally only had maybe 15-20 minutes to see the whole thing before it disappeared.

But I wanted to catch the event on camera.   But I don’t have welders glasses, or a tripod, or fancy camera filters.

So I just used some binoculars and safely projected the image of the sun on a piece of paper taped to my car window.

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This is the low budget approach.

And it takes a LOT of patience to hold the camera with one hand, the binocs with the other, and line everything up.   The image of the sun from the two eyepieces jiggles all over the place.  (Like I said,  I dont’ have a tripod).

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But if you take a few dozen pictures,  a few will turn out okay.

Here you can see the progression of the eclipse.   The black dot in the middle is a large sunspot named “Active Region 2192“.

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The lines on the top of these last two photos aren’t smudges or mistakes.   Those are the branches of the trees, as the sun was just dipping below the horizon.

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4 Comments on “A Quick Eclipse”

  1. Mike Says:

    The black dots that appear to be sunspots are actually the very
    huge sunspot AR2192

    http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/10/22/ar_2192_huge_sunspot_in_time_for_an_eclipse.html

  2. Friar Says:

    @Mike
    Oh..that’s COOL! And the fact that I captured it with my low-budget binocular projection is a testimony to how big it is….

  3. sushiday Says:

    Awesome photos, and that’s so cool that you were able to capture the sunspot too!

  4. Friar Says:

    @Allison
    Thanks. The sunspots were cool. At first I thought it was a smudge on the lens, but it was real.


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