Many of you may have had the opportunity to observe the Total Solar Eclipse that crossed the US on August 21, 2017. It has been referred to as the “Great American Eclipse”. The eclipse passed across the US from the Northwest to the Southeast around mid-day. I was fortunate to have clear skies when I observed my first total solar eclipse in Southeastern Idaho. I setup my campsite within 100 feet of the centerline of the path of totality. I did this since a location closer to the centerline of the path of the eclipse, increases the time to observe eclipse totality. The totality at my isolated location in the Caribou-Targhee National Forest was calculated to last for 2 minutes and 18 seconds. What a great experience!
Here I share some of the photos that I took that day. These are some of the best images of the nearly 1000 images that were taken in the pre-eclipse, eclipse and post-eclipse periods. Actual total images taken during the eclipse was 179. These are all raw images. The photos are shown in the order they were taken. Note that it might appear that some are out of sequence due to the extent of the corona in the image, however that only appears to be the situation because many photos were taken with a bracketing strategy. Details near the disk will be better in some images due to the exposure setting and coronal details will be better in other images due to a different lens setting even thought the images were taken less than a second apart.
Look closely at the coronal images shown here. In the lower left area you will see the faint image of a second star.