Total Eclipse Of ...

... the Sun.

Are you living in Arctic Canada, Greenland, Svalbard, Franz Josef Land, Central Russia, China or Mongolia?

If yes, then you have a great chance to follow the total eclipse of the Sun on August 1st, 2008!

All others of us, in northeastern North America, Europe and Asia can admire this wonder only partially.

So, what to do to be prepared?

1. Check times and locations

If you are living some kilometers away from eclipse path, make a jaunt with friends or family to see the full performance.

2. Prepare your camera

Use the longest telephoto lens you have, find or rent a tele-converter. If you can achieve 1000 mm focal length, it's good. 2000 mm would be better :). Do some test photosessions. Don't forget your tripod! A mylar or glass solar filter must be used on the lens throughout the partial phases of eclipse for both photography and safe viewing. But during the total phase, all solar filters must be removed from camera.

You can find additional great tips under the link Solar Eclipse Photography at the end of article.

3. Prepare yourself

DON'T EVER LOOK DIRECTLY INTO THE SUN WITHOUT A PROTECTION!! This can cause permanent eye damage or blindness. Only during the few brief seconds or minutes of a total solar eclipse, Sun can be viewed with naked eye. But do not attempt to observe the partial or annular phases of any eclipse with the naked eye. Be cautious, even when 99% of the Sun's surface is obscured during the partial phases of a total eclipse, the remaining photospheric crescent is intensely bright and cannot be viewed safely without eye protection.

Sunglasses don't protect your eyes during partial phases of eclipse.

Read the link above about how to protect your eyes and camera censor during eclipse photography.

Hope this gonna be a spectacular lightshow, which will be remembered for a long time.

© Marbo
© Ivz

Observing Solar Eclipses Safely

NASA - Total Solar Eclipse of 2008 August 01

Solar Eclipse Photography

Eclipse Filters

Exploratorium: Total Solar Eclipse 2008 Live from China

Photo credits: Alexmax, Astrofireball, Daniel Boiteau, Lyn Baxter, Igor Zhorov, Marbo, Petr Mašek.

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Maigi

Sad to hear, Pete, you had such a bad experience. :( But it's so true, that animals can't appreciate the beauty of total eclipse, but instead go panic, cause something is totally different from what they have used to see. Just like we, humans... when something is very different than we have used to think or see, we start to feel endangered. But maybe that's the good quality. Sustaining at least... :) Hey, thanks for your good wishes. Can't wait tomorrow...

Hornpipe

Looking at sun the through my special glasses I missed my dog who was in a panic at the eclipse and she ran into my tripod and down we all went. The fun side of photography I don't think, best of luck with your eclipse. Pete

Maigi

:) No, Linqong, I'm not an astronomer. I just love to follow astronomical phenomenons - they are very interesting. And they give a great proof of how brilliantly our life system is designed. My favorite astronomical phenomenons are sunsets. :) Yeah, just sunsets, which occur every day, but which are also different every day. So, they are really not JUST sunsets... :) Well, Linqong, I do envy you a little bit. ;) I would love to be in China on Friday... So, let us know, when your photos are ready! :)

Linqong

I guess you must be a astronomer, I will observe this wonder on August 1!
Very good shooting! !!!!!!!!!!

Maigi

No-no, not good to sleep, while such interesting things are happening... :) I intend to follow total eclipse in China through internet webcast (see last link) and maybe snap some partial eclipse shots, if I'll get proper equipment together. But of course it's lunchtime here where I live :))

Noonie

I hope the pros get some good shots for me to look at. We Hillbillies sit and drink moonshine while we wait and usually fall asleep before it happens!

Maigi

Thank you, Eric, for your comment. It's really better be safe than sorry. I complemented my article to make it more clear, how dangerous looking into the Sun could be. My statements are based on Mark Littmann, Ken Willcox, Fred Espenak and Ralph Chou instructions on NASA website, I somehow trust these guys. But thank you for reminder, it's not the lightweight issue.

Talanis

Even in the totally eclipsed phase, looking directly to the sun can cause permanent damage to your eyes.

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