October 2, 2005 www.spaceweather.com supplied the following information:
On October 3rd, the moon will glide in front of the sun, producing a solar eclipse visible from Europe, Africa and the Middle East. The eclipse won't be total, but rather annular, meaning that the moon won't be big enough to completely cover the sun. Observers along the narrow path of annularity (the red line in the map, below) will see a ring of fire encircling the moon--spectacular!
This animation (by Larry Koehn) shows what was to happen.
On either side of the red line, the eclipse will be partial, so the sun will look like a crescent: thin near the path of annularity and fat far from it.
And here is what I saw and imaged in The Netherlands: a partial eclipse.
The eclipse maximum for my location was at 09:05 UT.
Click the thumbnail for the larger version.
The above animation was made in Animagic.
The individual images are the result of capturing over 40 AVI's with my Philips Vesta Pro webcam (SC3 modified, b/w, RAW mode).
Optics: 300mm SLR Photolens, Baader Infra Red Blocking Filter and Baader Solar Foil Filter.
The AVI's were captured with an interval of 5 minutes, unless passing clouds forced me to act differently.
Camera settings: 30 seconds at 10 fps, Brightness 50, Gamma 0, Gain 0 (but sometimes I had to increase the gain when hazy clouds were passing), Exposure 1/500, White Balance Automatic.
Imaged with K3CCDTools by using the Timer function; each AVI and frame was automatically time-stamped.
Post processing: Stacked and Aligned in K3CCDTools, Wavelets in Registax and layout in Photoshop where I used the Grid to correctly position the image of the eclipsed Sun in the frame, thus preparing for the animation. Seeing: nice, with passing patches of hazy clouds. Immediately after the eclipse more and heavier clouds arrived, so I have nothing to complain.
Here are the individual images (each of them can be clicked to view the larger image)
October 3, 2005 10:21 UT.
The eclipse was almost over when this bird crossed my field of view, as if it wanted to tell me that the eclipse was winging away ....
This made my day!
For the imaging I had to leave my home because the view from my own back garden - where I have my modest observatory - was partially blocked by trees.
A lady friend of mine - Lya Beijer, who is a remedial teacher - has a house with a kind of balcony - or more precisely the flat roof of her teaching facility - facing East and South: an ideal location: see above!
Unfortunately she had to leave - before the eclipse started - to teach at school, and I gave her one of my solar filters for her personal use during the eclipse: as she teaches only one pupil per session I assumed she could just have a quick look now and then.
After her lessons Lya came back home (just in time to see the final 15
minutes of the eclipse) and to my great surprise she told me that she had
gone out into the schoolyard and the whole school lined up to have a peek
through my filter (no optics, maybe I should have done that but the thought
never passed my mind) and many ah's and oh's were heard!
Many children lined up for a 2nd view!
Also the teachers had a look and ... I have been invited to give a talk about astronomy in that school, which gives me great joy of course!
So I think you all will agree with me that for me the eclipse in The Netherlands was indeed a huge success!