|I observed the eclipse from the beach at Morombe,
approx 45 kms south of the centreline. The view above shows my colleague
Mike Foulkes aligning his cameras. My tripod and lens are on the right.
At this location the eclipse should have lasted for 2 mins 22 secs but
some large lunar valleys produced a string of Baily's Beads which reduced
totality to 2 mins 16 secs. Another feature of the eclipse at this location
was that the Sun set over the ocean at the same time as fourth contact occurred.
The Sun turned a brilliant red colour and any observers using telescopes
or binoculars saw a "green flash" as it finally set.
The following images were taken using a Fuji S1 digital SLR camera fitted
with a 170-500mm Sigma APO zoom lens plus a x3 teleconverter and extension
tube to yield an overall focal length of approx. 1650mm and an image size
of 16mm. The camera was set at 400ASA and most of the unfiltered images were
taken with a shutter speed of 1/1000 sec. The inner corona picture is a mosaic
of six images taken at 1/45 sec