Eclipsed Sun, Mercury and Jupiter

This wide-angle image shows the solar corona up to the distance of more than 12 solar radii and moreover Jupiter, Mercury (see the image with star map overlay) and stars down to magnitude 5.8. Two different sets of images were used for creation of the resulting image - images taken in Venezuela by Úpice Observatory (Czech Republic) expedition members and wide-angle image taken by Ronald E. Royer in Aruba. The time difference of the total solar eclipse between Venezuela and Aruba was about 5 minutes, which is negligible for this type of wide-angle image.
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Date26. 2. 1998
Time(V) 2nd contact 18:04:55 UT, 3rd contact 18:08:45 UT
(A) 2nd contact 18:09:52 UT, 3rd contact 18:13:00 UT
PlaceVenezuela, Don Bosco Mission near Maracaibo
Coordinate(V) 11° 03' 52'' N, 72° 03' 05'' W
(A) 12° 32' N, 70° 0' W
ConditionsAltitude of the Sun was 65° - 61° above the horizon (see the the position in the sky at Aruba).
Film(V) Fujicolor Superia 200, color negative film
(A) Fujichrome Provia, color slide film
ProcessingComposition of 10 images (9 (V) and 1 (A)). Images were aligned by means of phase correlation and 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, 4000 dpi)
SoftwarePhaseCorr 6.0, FilmCMP 2.0, Corona 4.1, Sofo ACC 6.1
Note(V) denotes Venezuela, (A) denotes Aruba
OrientationThe image must be rotated 28.9° clockwise to achieve the standard orientation i.e. North top,East left
Copyright©1998 Vojtech Rušin, Ronald E. Royer, Úpice Observatory
©2010 Miloslav Druckmüller

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