My wife and I made a drive up to Casper Wyoming to see the total solar eclipse. It was my first one. It was an amazing sight and I recommend it to anyone who's never seen one to make plans to see one. We had about 2 minutes of totality.
I wasn't planning on taking images of it but at the last minute decided to take my old Panasonic Lumix FZ5S camera. It has a 12x optical zoom on it so I thought it might be worth a shot. I used a cheapie tripod from my Celestron Travel scope. It worked out great.
Before totality, I cut up some solar eclipse glasses so it just fit inside the lens assembly. I taped it in place with some duct tape which also covered any holes at the side. I was able to live view it in the camera pretty well. When it reached totality, I took off the tape and lens.
Here are some snapshots. I didn't get as many phases as the battery was weak, so I wanted to save it for totality. I just missed getting the diamond ring at the end. These are all single shots.
WOW Rob, they look great! Especially at totality Nicely done.
I agree about having to see one. I saw the Total Solar Eclipse in Melbourne back in 1976 and still remember it as clear as if I saw it yesterday. I was accidentally right in the path of totality I was supposed to be somewhere else. I forgot about the eclipse and was going to visit someone. While walking along the street suddenly people started pointing up and saying things like "oooh, look, it's starting". That's when I remembered Had I been where I was supposed to be I would have missed totality LOL!!!
I watched the whole event reflected in the window of a shop that had no awning to block the sky view
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