Fish-eye view

This photograph was taken during totality using a fish-eye lens with a field of view of about 160°. The picture clearly shows how small the lunar umbra is. Throughout the whole horizon from the east (on the left) to the west (on the right) one can see that the Sun is shining in the distance. The Sun in the picture is so small and the corona so bright that the black Moon is invisible. In the original picture the Moon's disk diameter should be approximately 0.15 mm. The small white spot on the left under the Sun is the planet Venus.
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Date11. 08. 1999
TimeSecond contact 10:50:37 UT, third contact 10:53:00 UT
Total eclipse duration 2 min 23 s
PlaceHungary, 2 km SSE from Németkér village
CoordinateN 46° 41' 36'', E 18° 47' 14''
ConditionsExcellent, clear sky. (Solar altitude 59° above horizon)
OpticsExakta ZOOM 28-70mm lens with Panagor Semi Fish-eye adapter
FilmFujicolor Superia 400
ScannerNikon Super Coolscan 4000 ED
SoftwareSofo ACC 6.0 Scientific Image Analyzer
More infoComplete set of processed images and animation including many texts about Sun and solar eclipses was published on multimedia CD: Miloslav Druckmüller, Journey to Solar Eclipse, AION and WOLF RECORDS, 2000
Copyright© 1999 Igor Medek


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