The third contact

The most important thing which is absolutely necessary for total solar eclipse observing is good luck. A single cloud on a clear sky may ruin everything. It was twice truthful for 2002 eclipse in South Africa. December is, from the point of weather, a very bad month. Many expeditions were unsuccessful. The Slovak expedition organized by Vojtech Rušin had really an enormous luck. They took 21 images in unstable weather and only the last one was significantly influenced by clouds. This last picture I excluded from processing at first (see this picture). This last picture shows Baily's beads at the third contact and coming clouds. It is not of big scientific value but it is nice and therefore I used this picture to create picture of the 2002 total eclipse which you can see on this page.

Date04. 12. 2002
TimeSecond contact: 06:18:26 UT, third contact 06:19:34 UT
Eclipse duration 1 min 8 s
PlaceSouth Africa, Messina, High School Eric Louw
Coordinate30° 00' E, 22° 23' S, altitude approx. 1500 m
ConditionsGood, in the end of totality thin clouds
Optics10/1000 mm and 8/500 mm
Resolution14.4 arc sec / pixel (image on this Web page)
FilmFujicolor Reala 100
ProcessingTotaly 21 images were used for image creation, 16 images were taken with 10/1000 mm and 5 images with 8/500 mm lens. Images were aligned by means of phase correlation technique and then processed using Corona 3.0 software. Final processing was done by ACC 6.0 image analyser.
Image processing by Miloslav Druckmüller
ScannerNikon Super Coolscan 4000 ED (4000dpi, 16× multisample ) for images taken with 10/1000mm lens,
Nikon LS 2000 (2750dpi resolution, 16 × multisample) for images taken with 8/500mm lens
SoftwarePhaseCorr 3.0, Corona 3.0, Sofo ACC 6.0
OrientationImage must be rotated 1.0° anticlockwise to achieve the standard orientation (N top, E left)
Copyright© 2004 Vojtech Rušin, Miloslav Druckmüller


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