by Dr. James Pierce

Emeritus Professor of Astronomy
Minnesota State University, Mankato

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The wonderful Total Solar Eclipse of August 21, 2017, as seen from Orin, Wyoming. We had completely clear skies.

Images of totality for the 2017-08-21 eclipse as seen from Orin, Wyoming.
Fujifilm Finepix S1800 at full optical zoom, with ISO 3200, f/11, and exposures of 1/1000, 1/500, 1/320, and 1/160s for the diamond ring.
More coverage of the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse.

Total Lunar Eclipse, 11:09 to 11:45 pm CST @ 3m intervals; 1/20/2000; ISO 400, 210mm f/3.8, 1s.
The sixth image from left is near 3rd contact.
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Total Lunar Eclipse, 12:03 to 12:30 am CST @ 3m intervals; 1/21/2000; ISO 400, 210mm f/3.8, 1/250s.
The third image from right is just before 4th contact.
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Transit of Mercury, 3:45 pm CST; 11/15/1999; ISO 100, C8 w 8" OD-5 filter, 2000mm f/10, 1/250s.
(Brightness and contrast have been adjusted.)
Mercury is located on the limb at about 11 o'clock.
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The Transit of Venus, south of Mankato, MN; 6/8/2004;
Fuji FinePix S5000 w 22x zoom, ISO 200, f/9, 1/250s;
Filter was two sheets of mirror window film -- about 4 magnitudes of attenuation.
Check out the entire series of murky images.

The Transit of Venus, from Trafton Science Center, MNSU, Mankato, MN; 6/5/2012;
5:35 pm CDT; ISO 100, Celestron 8 w 8" OD-5 filter, 2000mm f/10, 1/500s. More images.
Note: The Ektachrome slide film used had an expiration date of 2008, but apparently it was still good.

Comet Hale-Bopp, southeast of Mankato, MN; 3/19/1997; ISO 400, 50mm f/1.4, 30s

Comet Hale-Bopp, north of Mankato, MN; 3/25/1997; ISO 400, 210mm f/3.8, 2m; driven

Comet Hale-Bopp over Andreas Observatory, Mankato, MN; 3/26/1997; ISO 400, 600mm f/3, 2m; driven

Comet Hale-Bopp and M45, north of Mankato, MN; 4/23/1997; ISO 400, 50mm f/1.4, 30s

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