Dave's Eclipse Page

    So, I'm not really a professional astonomical photographer, almost everything on this page is stuff that I somehow imaged with my phone, sometimes with a few extra tools. Phone cameras really don't do good astronomical pictures, but I managed to get some shots here and there. The only good partial solar eclipse I saw previous to 2014 was in the 90s, and I had no camera.

2011 Sun Pictures - Kearney NE

    Professor Jose Mena-Werth of University of Nebraska at Kearney set up a solar filter to let students see the Sun in more detail. This was not an eclipse, but was set up as part of the run-up to 2017, since Kearney would be pretty close to the path of totality for that one. These pictures were all taken with my iPod 4's camera, held up to the lens of the telescope. October 8, 2011.

  • Pic 1 - thin high clouds in the way.
  • Pic 2 - Probably the best overall shot.
  • Pic 3 - A bit more washed out, but clearer look at the sunspots.

2014 Partial Solar Eclipse - Amarillo TX

    Professor Richard Hobbs set up some demonstrations for the minor eclipse we got in 2014 at Amarillo College, and I used my iPhone 5's camera on these. October 23, 2014.

  • Sunspot viewer pic - This is a sort of projection device intended for observing sunspots (and there's a pretty big one in this shot), but it works well for eclipses too.
  • Telescope view - Similar to the 2011 telescope setup. This was taken later, and you can see how the Moon has moved from the lower right edge to the upper right edge.

2015 Lunar Eclipse - Amarillo TX

    I just stepped out on my porch and tried to get decent shots with my iPhone. Meh. September 27, 2015.

2017 Partial Solar Eclipse - Amarillo TX

    This was the big one, educationally speaking. It'd have been nice to have still been at UNK for this, but we made the best of it. Amarillo got a nearly total eclipse, just at the edge of "still too bright to be obvious," and we suffered from some thin clouds, which rendered the telescopes and sunspot observer pretty useless. On the other hand, it did mean that regular sunglasses were enough to let people just look up at the crescent Sun. August 21, 2017 (the first day of our Fall semester).

  • Amarillo Globe-News video: Professor Hobbs and I were both interviewed as part of this piece.
  • 12:06 PM - Picture taken with eclipse glasses over the lens, moderate clouds.
  • 12:09 PM - Clouds were parting a bit, so even through the glasses there was a lot more bloom.
  • 12:27 PM - Clouds too thin to get a good shot.
  • 12:27 PM - This did, however, mean that the sunspot viewer worked.
  • 12:28 PM - Clouds swooped in and suddenly I could get a clear shot with no filter needed.
  • 12:48 PM - Another decent shot with nothing but clouds in the way.
  • 12:57 PM - Closest we got to totality, clouds a bit thinned so bloom made it look bigger.
  • 1:06 PM - Probably the best shot I got all day, after I realized that I could put my sunglasses in front of the lens to reduce bloom.

2019 Lunar Eclipse - Amarillo TX

    I tried out an app called NightCap for nighttime pictures, but the free version didn't let me get things modified enough to get an actual clear shot, even with my sunglasses in front of the lens. This was another "just step outside every so often to take a shot" situations, although I initially stepped out to the wrong side of the house (in 2015, the front door was facing East, in 2019 I lived in a new place which faced West).

   The best pics I was able to get from start to slightly after totality, at which point I went to bed. January 20-21, 2019.

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