Thursday, May 17, 2012

Getting ready for the eclipse on Sunday

Looks like good timing and weather in Albuquerque for viewing the solar eclipse late in the afternoon on May 20th according to this NASA site:

Pretty much everything you need to know about photo techniques for capturing pictures of the big event can be found at 

I'm thinking I'll likely set up for the few minutes of totality with a telephoto and a telextender to get the maximum size image on the film.  Organized preparation and rehearsal are crucial for this kind of opportunity.  There are also a lot of chances for getting interesting images before and after the total phase.  I snapped the two below a few years ago, and included them in a discussion of the origins of pinhole photography.

The Albuquerque Astronomical Society
Eclipse Details for Albuquerque

UPDATE: Can't make it out West to view Sunday's annular eclipse in person? The National Park Service will broadcast the eclipse live by webcast from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. from New Mexico's Petroglyph National Monument.

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