Total eclipse beginning

This image is the result of very complicated mathematical processing of two sets of images. The innermost part of corona was reconstructed using digital images taken by Friedhelm Dorst, the more distant part was created using images taken by Vojtech Rušin.
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Date04. 12. 2002
TimeR: Second contact 06:18:26 UT, third contact 06:19:34 UT
D: Second contact 06:26:15 UT, third contact 06:27:44 UT
PlaceR: South Africa
D: Mozambique
CoordinateR: 30° 00' E, 22° 23' S, altitude approx. 1500 m
D: 33° 53' 51.1'' E, 24° 58' 58.5 '' S, altitude approx. 100 m
ConditionsR: Good
D: At the beginning of totality homogeneous but rather transparent clouds
OpticsR: Zeiss 10/1000 mm
D: Traveler - Astrophysics with field flattening lens and TC 300 teleconverter of Nikon, effective focal length 1315 mm at 105 mm aperture .
CameraD: Nikon D1H digital camera body
Resolution6.37 arc sec / pixel (image on this Web page)
FilmR: Fujicolor Reala 100
Processing20 different images (16 R, 4 D) were used for image creation. Images were aligned by means of ACC 6.0 Match II module (D) or by means of phase correlation technique (R), then processed using Corona 3.0 software. Final processing was done by ACC 6.0 software.
Image processing by Miloslav Druckmüller
SoftwareCorona 3.0, Sofo ACC 6.0 with Match II module, PhaseCorr 3.0
NoteD ... denotes Friedhelm Dorst
R ... denotes Vojtech Rušin
OrientationImage must be rotated 6.4° clockwise to achieve the standard orientation (N top, E left)
Copyright© 2002 Friedhelm Dorst and Vojtech Rušin © 2004 Miloslav Druckmüller


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