Total Eclipse 1999

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On August 11th, 1999, a total eclipse of the sun could be observed in Southern Germany - provided that it was not raining like in Stuttgart where thousands of people gathered in vain. Mühlhausen (Kraichgau) was just within the zone where the eclipse was total; therefore friends visited us: Rüdiger Pohl not only brought his telescope with him, but also his wife Isabell, his colleague Markus Eisenhauer and Markus' girl friend Britta. We provided a small TV - in case we would not see the eclipse - my small ETX telescope, and food & drinks... We drove a little bit southwards into the Kraichgau, where many spectators had already gathered.

Here I present a couple of photos from this trip. It is a pity that my camera did not capture the upcoming darkness; instead, it simply used longer exposure times - resulting in correctly exposed but unsharp images... Shortly before the total eclipse, a cloud threatened to cover the sun, but Isabell and Astrid blew it away. During the total eclipse, Rüdiger and me were somewhat "unprepared:" Rüdiger did not manage to take the sun filter off his telescope (because he believed the newspapers and left the filter on the telescope). I took some tiny corona photos by hand with my digicam; at least I could see the sun in my telescope for a short moment, before the sun light quickly returned. Later, I used Rüdiger's telescope to take a few photos of the partial eclipse (my telescope magnified too much).

Anyway, all of us were very impressed with this short moment! It is a pity that the next total eclipse will be beyond our life spans...



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Before the total eclipse

Astrid watches the partial eclipse through our ETX (with sun filter)

Rüdiger at his telescope while in the background the TV set shows pictures from England...

Isabell and Astrid blow the cloud away

Food and drinks

Both telescopes

By accident I took a flash photo - the only one where you can imagine the darkness

Corona taken with a "bare" Nikon (115 mm)

The camera reacted to the darkness with long exposure times and unsharp pictures...

The sun returns (taken with Rüdiger's telescope)

Partial eclipse hidden by clouds (115 mm)

The team watching the total eclipse...

Partial eclipse behind clouds (taken with Rüdiger's telescope)

More of the sun becomes visible, a large sun spot can be recognized

Most of the sun is already uncovered, more sun spots are visible

Total Eclipse, 09/11/1999 - Nikon Coolpix 950




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