Kanyakumari - India


On the 15th of January 2010 there was the longest annular solar eclipse of the millenium ! Something you wouldn’t like to miss ! I settled my equipment at the southest place of the Indian subcontinent at Kanyakumari. We were 3 people with Eclipse-City Ltd tour and we were on the roof of a small house on the seashore, which position is N08°05’07.58’’ E077°33’09.42’’. The equipment was composed of an equatorial mount Orion SkyViewPro, of which I had sawn the tripod so as it can be fitted in the suitcase :-) a double dovetail bar supporting a Lunt 60 mm Halpha solar refractor with double stacked filter at 0,55Angstrom bandpass and a Takahashi FS 60C with the 2x  magnifier. The Lunt was fitted with a Canon 7D producing a 800mm equivalent focal lenght and the Takahashi at 710mm with a Canon 5D MarkII camera. The viewing of the eclipse was a success, though not a total one as we were clouded by rapidly moving stratocumulus on both the 2nd and the 3rd contact. Also I could not see prominences on the sun in the Halpha ray of the Lunt refractor.

Here-under you’ll see shots of the ASE and here-after you’ll look at a video on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQm0Gz08-vQ