My China Total Solar Eclipse Trip – Part 2

So 2 o’clock in the morning, we departed from our hotel to Baoshi Shan…

And there are already four people up there since 1 am…

We zoom in on a good spot, setup our stuffs and waited patiently…


These were our setup. I have one camera for wide-field and another one for zoom-in shot (mine was at the bottom of the equatorial mount; the one on top belonged to my friend)

5 am: There was already a small crowd at the hill now…


7 am: The sky condition is not good… hazy and cloudy… the Sun was not visible at all…


7:30 am: The crowd grew bigger and bigger. The hill and the bridge at West Lake were now full of people. The Sun was still hiding behind the cloud. Don’t lost hope yet, the best was yet to come…




8 am: Finally! Finally! The Sun poked out from the cloud!


8:21 am: The eclipse began…

The sky darkened as we approached totality. City lights were switched on.


9:34 am: Totality!


11 am: The End…


Click here for the animation.


So, how do I felt during totality? I’m not sure… everything happened so fast… I was busy pressing the shuttle – remember? I’ve two cameras to look after (actually I shouldn’t be greedy). But somehow I do manage to take my eye off the camera and look at the sky. There it was – a bright ring hanging in the sky. It looked so much like the one we seen in pictures (it also reminded me of the Ring Nebula). So naturally my first impression was it looked like a big picture hanging in the sky – I need to keep on telling myself that I was looking at the real thing – the real eclipse that I’ve been longing to see, and now it was there, right in front of my eyes.

The experience was unforgettable.



~ by thChieh on August 3, 2009.

4 Responses to “My China Total Solar Eclipse Trip – Part 2”

  1. Hi Chieh, beautiful shots all of ’em. It’s nice to meet you in Hangzhou. It was an unforgettable experience for me as well. I’ve yet to seriously edit my eclipse photo especially those on the corona since my laptop is still under repair. Nonetheless, here is one shot I have to share.

  2. wow! nice prominence, especially the faint one sort of hanging above the sun. all my prominence shots were blurred :-(

    can’t wait to see ur other photos, hope ur laptop will “get well” soon…

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