The entire internet, science and the media world has and had been buzzing about the eclipse. The drumbeats for the event could have been heard more than a few weeks before it.
At first, I had been in two minds about taking time off to seek out the perfect location for the eclipse. But the media storm reminded me of my childhood days, more than 17 years ago. It was bright morning in October. My school, in anticipation of the eclipse, had given a day off. As I was having my morning breakfast, I peeked out of the window and saw the sun, missing a chunk of it, and shaped like a crescent. I had wished it developed into a total eclipse, but my location was bereft of such celestial surprises.
Ever since then, I had enamored for totality. To be able to see the coronal streams getting expelled out of the sun, to be able to marvel at the diamonds that characterize the start and end of totality and to be able to experience night during day had always been my dreams.
And last Sunday, I got an opportunity at it. It never achieved totality, but atleast I got to see the full projection. Perhaps, even more interesting than just shooting the sun itself was the camaraderie of the other astronomers and photographers around, one of whom was kind enough to donate a small piece of solar film without which this shot wouldn't have been possible!
Oh. I forgot the gear: the dizzying array of telescopes, starting from tiny ones fitted with H-alpha projectors to giant reflecting telescopes that produced a view of the sun so big that every little detail could be seen.
What an experience it was
This image is a stack of 3 individual shots, roughly about 3 minutes apart. Shot at 300mm, F11, ISO 800 and 1/500s and brightened up in Lightroom.
Hat Creek Rim Vista Point