The Annular Solar Eclipse Of 3rd October, 2005
Liz and I have just returned from a spectacular solar eclipse in southern Spain. We were located just to the east of Benidorm, on the coast and looking out over the sea. Here is the story.
|On Oct 2nd we drove the 450Km to a location under the path of totality and stayed in a hotel||I was up early and on the hotel balcony to photograph first the town lights, then the dawn||We had checked out the observing location the night before, on a promontory looking east over the sea||And during dinner we chatted to some of the many people who had come here. These two are from Italy|
|On the morning of the eclipse we set up on a quiet vantage point and prepared the equipment||Alongside us was Ralf Schaefer, from Germany, who had flown in for 48 hours to photograph the event||The rest of our small group set up and prepared for the great event to begin||Around the corner a group from Poland had set up. They had driven 3,500Km to be here!|
|I was doing this "on the cheap", using my Canon EOS 10D camera on a small tripod||I was using a 300mm Tamron telephoto lens and two polarising filters, turned to filter out the sunlight||As the lunar disc slowly moved across the sun, the annularity started to appear||And at full eclipse we were treated to a spectacular ring and some beautiful photos|
|As this was not a total eclipse it never got dark, but the temperature fell 6 degrees C||And the landscape was bathed in an eerie half-light, with colours fading and quite a chill in the air||And then the moon moved on, finally leaving the sun's face and returning Spain to it's normal warmth||And finally here is an excellent montage taken by Ralf Schaefer and reproduced with his kind permission|
|The next total solar eclipse is in 2006, and it is visible from Turkey and Libya. Liz and I think we will be in Turkey, but better start booking rooms now. We hear they are already filling up!|
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