Corona from Svalbard

This image is the composition of 29 eclipse images acquired by means of 800 mm lens and Nikon D810 camera. Even though the Sun was only about 11° above the horizon it was possible to visualize not only the solar corona in good contrast and high resolution but even the lunar surface surprisingly well. The position of the Moon represents the situation 8 seconds after the second contact. The full resolution image may be found here.
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Date20. 03. 2015
Time2nd contact 10:10:40 UT, 3rd contact 10:13:08 UT
PlaceSvalbard, airport
CoordinateN 78° 14' 48.6'',   E 15° 29' 21.3'',  Alt. 15 m
ConditionsClear sky
OpticsTS Photo Line Apochromatic Triplet D=115 mm, f = 800 mm with 2.5 inch flattener
CameraNikon D810
Exposure1/1600 s - 4 s
ProcessingComposition of 29 eclipse 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 Miloslav Druckmüller
SoftwareAstro D3F 2.0, PhaseCorr 6.0, LDIC 5.0, Corona 4.1, Sofo ACC 6.1
OrientationImage must be rotated 25.75° anti-clockwise to achieve standard orientation i.e. solar north up.
Copyright© 2015 Miloslav Druckmüller, Shadia Habbal, Peter Aniol, Pavel Štarha

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