Solar Eclipse, August 21, 2017Solar eclipse, August 21, 2017

Solar Eclipse, August 21, 2017Click images for full size versions

August 21, 2017  

We had haze and intermittent cloud for the solar eclipse of August 21, 2017, but it cleared periodically, allowing me to take these two images. Gail and I had about 10 friends come to view the spectacle with us, using home-made pin-hole cameras, as well as white-light and Ha- filtered telescopes. Around mid-eclipse the light seemed very different — less contrasty and colours less saturated. Shadow edges also became noticeably sharper. 

If you look carefully you can see that the Moon’s edge is sharp, yet rough due to the lunar mountains. This proves that the Moon itself, and not a shadow, is blocking the Sun’s light.  The Moon is passing between us and the Sun. How cool is that?

Solar View 50mm f/8 refractor with integrated Ha filter with <0.7 nm bandpass, mounted on an EQ-6 mount, polar aligned and set to track at solar rate. Celestron NexImage 5 camera (2.2 micron pixels; 5 MPix).  Shot from my SkyShed in Guelph.  Supplied software was used to capture 1m videos at about 6 frames per sec.  The best 100 frames were stacked in Registax to make a master frame, whichwas processed in Registax with Wavelets. PixInsight was used for further processing as follows: Background neutralization to balance colour, TGVNoise, unsharp mask, stretch to adjust black point, contrast and saturation.