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Total Solar Eclipse - Novosibirsk, Russia - 1 August 2008

By Odd Høydalsvik, Bergen, Norway



Our expedition to Novosibirsk was a great success. The clouds cleared a few hours before start of the partial phase, and they came back just a couple of hours after 4th contact. This year I only took wide field photos.

We observed the eclipse from Na Kamniakh, a beach on the south-east coastline of the Ob Reservoir, a great lake on the Ob river, 30km south of Novosibirsk. A very nice place, with a good view of the eclipse. Position: 54°43’31” N, 83°01’19”, Elevation 118m

Timing data for the total solar eclipse at the observation site (local time was UT+7):
First contact: 16:41:58; Second contact: 17:44:39; Mid eclipse: 17:45:49; Third contact: 17:46:58; Fourth contact: 18:45:43

 

Photo of total solar eclipse 2008

This picture is a composite image showing the various phases of the total solar eclipse 2008, and the path of the sun during the eclipse. We can also see Venus to the lower left of the uppermost image of the sun. This was the position of Venus at totality. Each image of the sun was taken with 5 minutes intervals and the camera kept steady on a tripod.

 

Camera: Canon EOS 450D
Lens: Sigma EX 10mm 1:2.8 DC Fisheye
Exposure partial phase (only the sun): f5.6, 1/1000s, 200 ISO (solar filter in front of lens)
Exposure at totality (corona and background): f5.6, 1/4s, 200 ISO

 

Animation of total solar eclipse 2008
 

This animated sequence shows the total solar eclipse of 2008 from just before second contact till just after third contact. Notice the movement of the moon's shadow in the sky. The pictures were taken at 9 seconds intervals from 17:44:33 to 17:47:06 UT+7.

Camera: Canon EOS 450D
Lens: Sigma EX 10mm 1:2.8 DC Fisheye
Exposure: f5.6, 1/15s, 200 ISO
 

Another version of the animation, with exposure compensation in order to show more details during the phase of the eclipse when it's dark.

I used auto exposure bracketing +/- 2 stops when taking the pictures. Here I have used different exposures, in addition I have adjusted levels in Photoshop in order to obtain relatively smooth transitions.

 


Photo of total solar eclipse 2008

Picture of the total solar eclipse clearly showing the darkening of the sky caused by the moon's shadow (umbra). The contrast has been increased in ordered to show this better. We can also see Mercury close above the sun and Venus further up to the left. The picture was taken towards the end of totality, therefore the umbra is darker in the upper part of the picture (the direction of movement).

Camera: Canon EOS 450D
Lens: Sigma EX 10mm 1:2.8 DC Fisheye
Exposure partial phase (only the sun): f5.6, 1/1000s, 200 ISO (solar filter in front of lens)
Exposure at totality (corona and background): f5.6, 1.0s, 200 ISO


Photo of total solar eclipse 2008

Picture of the total solar eclipse taken by Tove Gudim and processed by Odd Høydalsvik. 3 different exposures has been combined, and details in the corona has been enhanced by radial blur filter in Photoshop CS3. At '11 o'clock' we can see a bright spot, this is the remnants of a prominence that has left the surface of the sun.
Copyright 2008, Tove Gudim.

Camera: Canon EOS 5D
Lens: Sigma 170-500mm
Exposures: 1/250s, 1/2000s and 1/8000s at f5.6 and 400 ISO


Photo of total solar eclipse 2008

Prominences and chromosphere at second contact.
This picture of the total solar eclipse is taken by Tove Gudim and processed by Odd Høydalsvik.
Copyright 2008, Tove Gudim.

Camera: Canon EOS 5D
Lens: Sigma 170-500mm
Exposure: 1/2000s at f5.6 and 400 ISO


Photo of total solar eclipse 2008

Prominences just before third contact. We can also se parts of the chromospere at the extreme right edge of the sun, the pink light shining through the valleys at the moon's limb.
This picture of the total solar eclipse is taken by Tove Gudim and processed by Odd Høydalsvik.
Copyright 2008, Tove Gudim.

Camera: Canon EOS 5D
Lens: Sigma 170-500mm
Exposure: 1/4000s at f5.6 and 400 ISO


Photo of total solar eclipse 2008

Prominences and chromosphere at third contact. The chromosphere is the pink arch at the right edge of the moon.
This picture of the total solar eclipse is taken by Tove Gudim and processed by Odd Høydalsvik.
Copyright 2008, Tove Gudim.

Camera: Canon EOS 5D
Lens: Sigma 170-500mm
Exposure: 1/3200s at f5.6 and 400 ISO


Photo of total solar eclipse 2008

Diamond ring at second contact.
This picture of the total solar eclipse is taken by Tove Gudim and processed by Odd Høydalsvik.
Copyright 2008, Tove Gudim.

Camera: Canon EOS 5D
Lens: Sigma 170-500mm
Exposure: 1/3200s at f5.6 and 400 ISO


Photo of total solar eclipse 2008

Diamond ring at third contact. At '11 o'clock' we can see a bright pinkish spot, this is the remnants of a prominence that has left the surface of the sun.
This picture of the total solar eclipse is taken by Tove Gudim and processed by Odd Høydalsvik.
Copyright 2008, Tove Gudim.

Camera: Canon EOS 5D
Lens: Sigma 170-500mm
Exposure: 1/800s at f5.6 and 400 ISO


Photo of total solar eclipse 2008
Expedition leader David is enjoying the eclipse, with pinhole images of the partially eclipsed sun projected on his t-shirt.
Camera: Canon EOS 40D
Lens: Canon EF-S 17-85mm IS USM

Photo of total solar eclipse 2008
Totality over the Ob Reservoir at 17:45:48 UT+3
Camera: Canon EOS 40D
Lens: Canon EF-S 17-85mm IS USM
Exposure: f4.5, 1/15s, 200 ISO

Photo of total solar eclipse 2008
Totality just after second contact (17:44:42). The shadow is coming from northwest (to the right in the picture).
Camera: Canon EOS 450D
Lens: Sigma EX 10mm 1:2.8 DC Fisheye at f 1:5.6
Exposure: f5.6, 1/15s, 200 ISO



Photo of total solar eclipse 2008
Totality just before third contact (17:46:57). The shadow is moving towards southeast and can now be seen to the left in the picture.
Camera: Canon EOS 450D
Lens: Sigma EX 10mm 1:2.8 DC Fisheye at f 1:5.6
Exposure: f5.6, 1/15s, 200 ISO



Photo of total solar eclipse 2008
Totality just after third contact (17:47:06)
Camera: Canon EOS 450D
Lens: Sigma EX 10mm 1:2.8 DC Fisheye at f 1:5.6
Exposure: f5.6, 1/15s, 200 ISO



Photo of total solar eclipse 2008
10 seconds later the shadow is moving away. (17:47:15)
Camera: Canon EOS 450D
Lens: Sigma EX 10mm 1:2.8 DC Fisheye at f 1:5.6
Exposure: f5.6, 1/15s, 200 ISO


Eclipse 2008 pinhole images
Projection of pinhole images on the wall of the small cabin we rented at the beach.
Camera: Canon EOS 40D
Lens: Canon EF-S 17-85mm IS USM



More pictures from the eclipse can be seen here


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© 2008: Odd Høydalsvik - unless otherwise stated on individual pictures.