Yesterday between about 4.30 and 6.30 pm we were privileged to see a partial eclipse of the sun. From here in Wellington about 60% of the sun’s disc was covered. The first photo here was taken about 40 minutes in.
At its maximum the cicadas became quiet, and while it wasn’t dark, there was a somewhat eerie dimness.
I have a pair of 20*80 binoculars, so after some googling I took them outside and placed them on the tripod I use with them.
I laid a light-coloured towel on a table on the deck, covered one lens of the binoculars, and then moved them around until an image of the sun’s disc appeared on the towel.
I was careful, of course not to look at the sun, either with my naked eye or through the lenses.
Then I had to manoeuvre myself around to create a shadow that would make the image of the sun’s disc visible, at which point I grabbed some shots with my new Sony Ericsson K800i cellphone.
Unfortunately we have a tree-clad hill to the west and the sun was in position to disappear behind the trees. I had to keep moving the setup to continue capturing images of the sun.
When I moved to the front deck, my cat Ares joined me and had a great time playing on and under the towel that was now on the deck. By then it was maximum coverage. I stopped playing with the binoculars and took the dogs for a walk instead.
I have a few images in my photo album. They aren’t specially high quality, but I had a lot of fun making them.