The Solar Eclipse April 8, 2024 during totality, seen from Westport, New York

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Solar corona images of Total Solar Eclipse April 8, 2024 over Westport, New York

This composite image captures the ethereal beauty of the total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024, through a series of meticulously planned exposures. The photos were taken using a Canon Ra camera, renowned for its astro-imaging capabilities, paired with an EF200mm f/2.8L II USM lens and a 2x III extender, enhancing the camera’s ability to capture the fine details of the solar corona. To accommodate the wide dynamic range of the corona’s light, nine different shutter speeds were utilized: 1/1000, 1/500, 1/250, 1/125, 1/60, 1/30, 1/15, 1/8, and 1/4 seconds, all at ISO 200.

Mounted on an iOptron SkyTracker, the setup ensured that each exposure was free from the blur that could be caused by the Earth’s rotation, providing a clear and steady view of the eclipse as it progressed. The use of a SET’n’C (Solar Eclipse Timer and Controller) allowed for precise control over the timing and execution of each exposure, crucial for capturing the fleeting moments of the eclipse with accuracy.

The final composite showcases the solar corona in unprecedented detail, from the bright light surrounding the sun to the outermost wisps of plasma stretching into space. The range of exposures reveals the corona’s complexity and the subtle nuances of its structure, creating a stunning visual representation of this awe-inspiring celestial event. This image stands as a vivid reminder of the eclipse’s grandeur, preserving the moment with clarity and detail that convey the majesty of the cosmos.

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