Praesepae, Moon, Comet and the Solar Corona

This image illustrates excellent observing conditions in Klyuchi during the total solar eclipse. It is possible to identify at least 137 stars including the open cluster M 44 Praesepae (NGC 2632), which is visible in the bottom right image corner. The sungrazing comet C/2008 O1 (SOHO) is a very interesting object which is visible in the lower part of the image. The comet belongs to the Kreutz family. The comet was found not only on images taken from Klyuchi but also on images taken by the second part of our expedition in Mongolia. See this page for more information.
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Date01. 08. 2008
Time2nd contact 10:44:31 UT, 3rd contact 10:46:47 UT
Total eclipse duration 2 m 16 s
PlaceRussia, Novosibirsk, Klyuchi ionospheric observatory of Russian Academy of Sciences
CoordinateE 83° 14.204', N 054° 50.397', alt. 160 m
ConditionsExcellent - clear sky, altitude of the Sun above the horizon 30°
OpticsD: Maksutov-Cassegrain MC 3M-5CA, 8/500 mm
U: Pentacon 4/200 mm
CameraD: Canon EOS 1D Mark II digital camera (ISO 100)
U: Canon EOS 350D digital camera (ISO 100)
ExposureD: 1/125 s - 8 s,
U: 1/8 s - 10 s
ProcessingComposition of 56 (D) and 10 (U) images. Eclipse images calibrated by means of dark frames and flat-fields, aligned by means of phase correlation, composed by means of LDIC 5.0 software, processed using Corona 4.1 in order to visualize coronal structures. Final processing was done using ACC 6.1 software.
Image processing by Hana Druckmüllerová and Miloslav Druckmüller
SoftwareAstro D3F 2.0, PhaseCorr 6.0, LDIC 5.0, Corona 4.1, Sofo ACC 6.1
NoteD denotes images or equipment of Hana Druckmüllerová
U denotes images or equipment of Úpice Observatory
OrientationImage must be rotated 76.6° anti-clockwise to achieve standard orientation i. e. North up.
Copyright© 2008 Hana Druckmüllerová, Úpice Observatory, Miloslav Druckmüller

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