After the third contact - Mixed feelings
"Mixed feelings" title is definitely the most apposite one for this image. Beautiful iridescent
clouds, Baily's beads and the diamond ring just after the third contact is surely a superb once-in-life
experience. On the other hand, these stupid clouds shortened the valuable time for corona observing
and caused me a lot of serious problems during images processing. |
of Cornelia was decisive for this image existence. She managed to record the fleeting phenomenon
using hand-held Canon EOS 50D camera. The Canon 18-200 mm zoom lens was set to 200 mm, the
exposure time was 1/250, ISO 3200. This camera setting was optimal for capturing the colorful clouds
but the neighborhood of the Sun was highly overexposed. That is why I used
500 mm lens images for
reconstruction of the missing part of the image. I used one image taken at the same time as the
iridescent cloud image which was taken with very short exposure time and other 38 image which were
used for the outer corona part. The final composing procedure enabled me to preserve the clouds as they were
visible about 2 seconds after the third contact. The image is very near to what I have in my mind.
Iridescent clouds are a diffraction phenomenon caused by small water droplets.
Iridescence has different nature from the rainbow, which is a refraction phenomenon cased by larger raindrops.
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|Date||22. 07. 2009|
|Place||Enewetak Atoll, Marshall Islands |
|Coordinate||11° 21.546' N, 162° 20.827' E, 3 m altitude |
|Conditions||Partially clear, partially small cumulus cloud,|
altitude of the Sun above the horizon 56-57°
|Processing||Image processing by Miloslav Druckmüller|
|Software||Astro D3F 2.0, PhaseCorr 6.0, MPA 1.0, LDIC 5.0, Corona 4.1, Sofo ACC 6.1|
|Orientation||The image has identical orientation as the eclipse was visible in the sky.|
|Copyright||© 2009 Cornelia Firsching, Miloslav Druckmüller |