Today was a very special event to which I looked forward for a long time: a partial solar eclips which was visible in Central Europe. I didn’t mention it here but astronomy has always been one of my big passions.
Today I started work after non because in the morning I took my mobile equipment and drove to a hill near the place I live in order to take some photos of it. For those of you who consider also taking such photos in the future I have to warn you because this can be very dangerous if you do not use a professional equipment. Just looking into the sun with your eyes can already damage them – so imagine what can happen if you use some lenses without protection.
The solar eclipse started about 9:30 am CET, so to make sure everything is working the right way I already started some minutes in advance taking one picture every 60 seconds (in order to avoid to long download times I just post every 20th pic here, but maybe I’ll create a video with them).
Although I used my small telescope with its equatorial mount, I had to make sure that the sun stays in the picture because without seeing the Northern Star setting up the equipment is quite tricky.
For taking the pictures, I used my EOS 400d with an custom built interval timer. But now let’s change from technical things to just watching this impressive happening …
Of course, a partial solar eclipse cannot be compared with a much more impressive total one, but hopefully there will be another chance to visit one.