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Total Solar Eclipse. Normandy,France. August 11th 1999
500mm Mirror lens on a Olympus 0M10.
Deciding not to risk the UK weather for this event, Northern France was chosen as being closest but having a higher statistical chance of good weather. There were some moments of supreme anguish but for the last 30 seconds the weather came good and this image was the result. In the chaos and excitement all technical details have been lost but the film was Kodak elite 400.
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Total Solar Eclipse

Transit of Venus. Cheshire. June 7th 2004. 7:21 BST
Meade ETX 105 and Nikon 4500 digital camera
The Ingress. Paul and Tony Gibbons
These images were taken from the bank of a canal in Cheshire whilst on a family holiday. The ingress was cloudy at first but cleared a little at about 7.00BST. The scudding cloud gave added interest to the images. Bader film was used on the ETX. The camera was left on auto. Shortly after this image we were back on the narrowboat untill the egress. 

Transit of Venus. Cheshire. June 7th 2004. 7:37 BST
Meade ETX 105 and Nikon 4500 digital camera
The Ingress. Paul and Tony Gibbons

The timings were taken from the cameras internal clock and should not be considered accurate!


Transit of Venus. Cheshire. June 7th 2004. 12:02BST
Meade ETX 105 and Nikon 4500 digital camera
The Egress. Paul and Tony Gibbons

Venus was very close to the limb of the Sun at this point but there was no 'black drop' visible.


Transit of Venus. Cheshire. June 7th 2004. 12:05BST
Meade ETX 105 and Nikon 4500 digital camera
The Egress. Paul and Tony Gibbons

Just past the limb of the Sun in this image but there was no hint (nor in subsequent images) of the brighter ring around the disk of Venus which is caused by refraction through Venus' atmosphere. 

Transit of Venus. Cheshire. June 7th 2004. 12:13BST
Meade ETX 105 and Nikon 4500 digital camera
The Egress. Paul and Tony Gibbons.

Nearly gone. After the egress had finished the ETX was packed away into rucksacks and we hiked along the canal path to catch up with our boat!

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