The viewing was easy, but it proved to be difficult to get the sun in focus to photograph. I set up two cameras. That was good since one of my filters didn’t work as planned. I used welding glass and got double images, a huge disappointment! I used a Mylar filter on my second camera. It worked well, but my focus length was only 135mm because of photographer error. Having said all that, I am pleased that I got some nice, if small, images.
The whole eclipse process lasted almost 3 hours. We had clear skies for about 1 hour, 35 minutes. Totality lasted 2 minutes and 34 seconds at our location. When totality neared, we held our breaths to see which would occur first, cloud cover overtaking the sun or totality. Totality won, but only by a minute or 2. Wow!!! It was amazing. My heart still races a bit just thinking about it.
And so it began. The moon slowly moved across the face of the sun.
The crescent became smaller. It’s hard to see, but there are sunspots visible in this photo.
The diamond ring effect became smaller.
Thanks again to Marnie for making all the plans, securing the campsite and spending three days with me, her mother.
Time: August 21, 2017
Location: Blount’s Campground, Eutawville, SC
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