Total Solar Eclipse, Mercury and Venus

This wide angle image is made of 13 images taken with F4 105 mm lens and 8 images taken with F8 500 mm mirror lens Rubinar. Except for the eclipsed Sun, the most prominent objects are Mercury and Venus (see the image with star map overlay). It is possible to identify stars down to about magnitude 6.5.
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Date09. 03. 1997
Time2nd contact 01:08:33 UT, 3th contact 01:11:19 UT
Total eclipse duration 2min 46s
PlaceYerofei Pavlovich, Siberia, Russia
CoordinateE 121° 56.99', N 53° 57.23', Alt. 487 m
ConditionsExcellent, clear sky, temperature -30°C, Sun altitude above horizon 21°
Optics4/105 mm lens and Rubinar 8/500 mm
FilmKodak Ektachrome 100 SW, 24×36mm
ProcessingComposition of 13 images taken with 4/105mm lens and 8 images taken with 8/500mm Rubinar. Images were aligned (partially by means of phase correlation and partially using centroids of Mercury and Venus) then processed using Corona 4.1 software. Final processing done in ACC 6.1.
Image processing by Miloslav Druckmüller
ScannerNikon Super Coolscan 4000 ED (16x multisample)
SoftwarePhaseCorr 6.0, Corona 4.1, Sofo ACC 6.1
OrientationThe image must be rotated 3.4° clockwise to achieve the standard orientation i.e. North top, East left
Copyright©1997 Úpice observatory © 2010 Miloslav Druckmüller

Miloslav Druckmüller
Institute of Mathematics, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic
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