All images of the eclipsed sun were made through a Maksutov telelens with 1100 mm focal length @ f/10.5 attached to a Canon EOS 50E body on a modified old Polaris mount on Kodak Royal Gold 25 (left of center in the foreground). The exposure times varied between 1/250 sec. (contacts) and 15 sec. (corona at mid-eclipse).
A 28 mm lens with a fish eye converter on a tripod was used for wide angle photography (left in the foreground).
|Impression from our observing site north east of Westpunt during the partial phase.|
|Short before the second contact ...|
|... a series of images ...|
|... with 0.5 seconds time intervals ...|
|... between them were made.|
|Then the time is ready ...|
|... the 2nd contact !|
|The Diamond dring.|
|Enlargement of a bow-like prominence.|
|Fisheye image with Venus, Mercury and Jupiter.|
|Same fisheye image as above with darker adjustment to bring out the twilight colours at the horizon.|
|Small prominence with dark halo above it.|
|Bailey-Beads after the 3rd contact.|
|The last picture of the Total Solar Eclipse of 26. February 1998.|
|Group picture of 14 successful and delighted german amateur astronomers after the eclipse.|
Besides the solar eclipse there were some other points of interest: e.g. the historical district Punda of the capital Willemstad, ...
... or the highest elevation of the island: the St. Christoffel mountain with its typical vegetation.
|Curacao is also renowned for its ...|
|... fine diving and snorkling resorts,...|
|... which the author visited with a camera ...|
|... in a simple underwater bag.|
|But the fauna and flora wasn't the only thing that was photographed, ...|
|... the author was also banished on film...|
|...by a friend during his snorkling trips.|
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first published: 02.04.98 by Bernd Brinkmann
last update (new arrangement of images, english text): 23.01.99 BB