Friday, 20 March 2015

Solar Eclipse

Woke early this morning, due to the astronomical event that was due to take place today. Amazingly the weather reports were accurate for our position in the country, and we had perfect conditions for viewing  the partial eclipse. Based in Leicestershire, we were expecting 85 to 90 percent of the sun to be blocked by the moon. Having said that, it still meant 10 to 15 percent of the sun would be shining and so I was not expecting for it to go particularly dark.
I only had the iPad camera to play with, and no special solar filters the photos taken only acheived limited success.

                                      First photo of the day taken at about 0845 hrs

                            Photo taken at about 0935, the supposed peak of the eclipse. 
                                          Not exactly dark but it was a strange light.

                               The only photo showing part of the Suns disc missing.

Without solar filters, even adjusting the exposure settings, the power of the Suns light was too much to get a decent picture.
Our walk today took us across the fields to the Black Horse at Foxton where we enjoyed lunch in their garden in the sun.
Having been alone for a week we now have some neighbours. We are still planning on departing on Monday subject to the weather.

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