Celestial show in the high country
SUMMIT COUNTY — Sky watchers turned out Sunday evening to observe and photograph one of the most rare celestial events, and local astrophotographer Daniel McVey delivered some fabulous images of the event, graciously agreeing to share them with Summit Voice readers.
McVey described how he captured these shots:
“I used a homemade solar filter using baader astrosolar film sandwiched between 2 UV filters and I made a shield for the front of my camera so I could look at the level without going blind and to keep the glare out of my face.
“Other than that I used my Canon 7D (with a 400mm lens set at ISO 500 and an aperture of f/13) and different shutter times ranging from 1/1000″ to 2″). For the cloud illuminations I just ran a long shutter to capture the eclipse behind the clouds and the effect was generated from the filter.”
More details at www.danielmcvey.com.
From up at Loveland Pass, the eclipse was mostly obscure by clouds, but the partially blocked sun did make for some interesting half light. Here’s how it looked through an iPhone camera.