Contents Envisioned for the Eclipse Chaser Web Page and Related Publications
Jeffrey R. Charles
© Copyright 1996, 1997 Jeffrey R. Charles. All Rights Reserved.
Introduction: An unusual day for pioneer Benton Marfold.
- The Magical Allure of Eclipses
- What Causes a Total Solar Eclipse?
- Why Chase Eclipses?
- What is it Like to See a Total Solar Eclipse?
- Solar Eclipse Observation Tips
- Eye Safety
- Drawing Eclipses
Solar Eclipse Photography and Videography:
- Photography Basics
- Piggyback and Wide Angle Astrophotography
- All-sky Astrophotography
- Basic Astrophotography With a Telescope
- Deep-sky Astrophotography
- Lunar Eclipse Photography
Solar Eclipse Experiments:
- What is Unusual About Photographing a Solar Eclipse?
- How do I get good photos & video of an eclipse?
- Gadgets and Techniques for Solar Eclipse Photography
- Recommended Equipment and its Use; Still Photography
- Partial Solar Eclipse Photography
- Total Solar Eclipse Photography
- Wide Angle and Panoramic Eclipse Photography;
Capturing the Lunar Shadow with Your Wide Angle Lens
- Recommended Equipment and its Use; Video
- Eclipse Videography
Eclipse Expedition Planning:
- Predicting the Appearance of the Lunar Umbra at Future Total Solar Eclipses
- Experiment for Determination of the Prominent Projection Altitude(s) of the Lunar Umbra on the Earth's Atmosphere:
- Assumptions, Variables, and Uncertainties
- Applicable Calculations
- Results from 1994 Eclipse Data
- Weighted Results from 1979, 1991, 1994, and 1995 Eclipse Data
- Summary of Conclusions; Umbral Boundary Phenomena
- Summary of Conclusions; Observed Color Near Horizon
- Additional Details from Observations
- Proposed Umbral Experiments
- Predicting the Appearance of the Umbra
- Umbral Predictions for Future Total Solar Eclipses
- Eclipse Light Curves
- Other Experiments
Eclipse Chaser's Journal:
- Steps to a Successful Eclipse Expedition: Photograph a Total Solar Eclipse and Still Have Time to Look At It!
- Efficient & Productive Eclipse Preparations
- Planning for a Productive Eclipse Experience
- Expedition Planning
- Photography Planning
- When You Get to Your Eclipse Site
- Solutions to Common Eclipse Expedition Problems
- Observer Related Obstacles
- Environmental Obstacles
- Cultural Obstacles
- Getting Your Film and Equipment Through Airports and to Your Eclipse Site
- Documentation for U.S. & Foreign Customs
- Documentation for Security Personnel
- Packing for Mobility and Faster Customs & Security Processing
- Preparation for Your Encounter with an Airport X-ray Machine
- Travel Attire; Pros and Cons. Appearance is Worth Considering!
- Keeping Your Equipment Safe
- Planning & Packing to Allow for Delayed Checked Baggage
- Persistence; Rare Occasions when it is Appropriate
- Ground Transportation to Your Eclipse Site
- Planning Your Own Eclipse Expedition
- Cultural Reality at Your Eclipse Destination
- How culture has affected the perception of total solar eclipses
- Beware of accepting "favors" in some cultures!
- Be aware of cultural taboos; books don't mention all of them!
- Sometimes, it may be difficult to avoid problems
- If you share your time and resources, you can make a difference!
- Consider the long term welfare of local people you may befriend
- People aren't all considered "people" in some cultures
- Areas of armed conflict and eclipse observers; a bad combination
- Local fauna and other non-cultural hazards
- In spite of potential problems, visiting other cultures is worthwhile
- From My Soap Box
Highlights from various other observers
- My First One: February 26, 1979
- The Long Dry Spell; An Astrophotographer's Journal
- The Big One: July 11, 1991
- The Wild One: November 3, 1994
- The Short One: October 24, 1995
- The Next One: Will You Be There?
Eclipse Photo Gallery
Appendix 1 Recommended Reading
Appendix 2 Astronomical Organizations
Appendix 3 Solar Eclipses, 1950 - 2050
Appendix 4 Sample Customs and Temporary Import Forms
Appendix 5 Sample Expedition Packing List and Schedule
Glossary (just for fun)
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