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Gallery: tse1983
Java/Indonesia 1983 Total Solar Eclipse Shot off the coast of Java on Pulau Madura (island) - courtesy of Dr John D Bernard
Java/Indonesia 1983 Total Solar Eclipse Diamond Ring - courtesy of Dr John D Bernard
Java/Indonesia 1983 Total Solar Eclipse Nurhan, my driver, and I are waiting along the beach road for a hole in the clouds to pass overhead... then dashing down the road to get under it. - courtesy of Dr John D Bernard
Gallery: tse1991
1991 Total Solar Eclipse Our driver Jesus helping with the setting up of the telescope... 8" Celestron... using prime focus. - courtesy of Dr John D Bernard
1991 Total Solar Eclipse You always meet interesting, nice people at the "sweet spot" My wife Roxanne is wearing the straw hat. - courtesy of Dr John D Bernard
1991 Total Solar Eclipse An hour before totality... the gods are clearing the skies. - courtesy of Dr John D Bernard
1991 Total Solar Eclipse This shot through my C8 may be my best loop prominence image over 5 eclipses. - courtesy of Dr John D Bernard
Gallery: vt2012
2012 Venus Transit Here's a shot for the ages as many of us may not be around for the next transit. Shot by a colleague of mine from Denmark... Palle Johansen. The Venus Transit photo, was shot with his Canon 1D IV with a 100-400mm lens. It was shot at 400mm with 1/500 sec and f/10. It was shot just outside his house in  Mørkøv, Vestsjalland, Denmark, half a hour from Copenhagen. Palle is bringing his two kids to join our 2012 SC Total Solar Eclipse Team in Charleston. - courtesy of Dr John D Bernard
Gallery: tse1970
1970 Total Solar Eclipse Students at Lower Richland High School in the Astronomy Club located in Columbia, SC who loaded into a SC School Bus with their telescopes and traveled day and night to an adventure. - courtesy of Dr John D Bernard
1970 Total Solar Eclipse Practice makes perfect... - courtesy of Dr John D Bernard
1970 Total Solar Eclipse A lot of planning meetings too... - courtesy of Dr John D Bernard
1970 Total Solar Eclipse Prominences off the surface... - courtesy of Dr John D Bernard
1970 Total Solar Eclipse Close in photosphere shot... - courtesy of Dr John D Bernard
1970 Total Solar Eclipse Opened the exposure time to 2 seconds... Corona. - courtesy of Dr John D Bernard
1970 Total Solar Eclipse Approaching Diamond Ring... - courtesy of Dr John D Bernard
1970 Total Solar Eclipse Movie Video: www.jupiterspacestation.org/solarEclipse/70.html - courtesy of Dr John D Bernard
Gallery: tse1979
1979 Total Solar Eclipse All the equipment you see in these site photos are hand made from wood, tubing, hardware-store parts, and optical parts bought off Sky and Telescope magazine. The camera was my friend, David Stewart's Canon 35 mm [arctic greased] which I switched from telescope to telescope. The refractor was FL 600mm and the 6" was a fast, rich-field reflector around 500mm. My point: you can do eclipse chasing even on a budget. - courtesy of Dr John D Bernard
1979 Total Solar Eclipse The expedition $100,000 NASA radio would not work in 9° F, and for most the cameras snapped their film in two because they were not arctic greased. In the gallery photos you see my trusty equipment trunk, with my $35 Globe Patrol radio kit ,and tape recorder from Radio Shack... look closely at my feet and you see my grounding nail driven into the ice... and on my audio tape listen to WWV from Ft Collins, Colorado singing away with the time signal... as well as my camera clicks. - courtesy of Dr John D Bernard
1979 Total Solar Eclipse This image was photoshopped overlayed from 2 of my images, and it reflects my recollection of Totality over Lake Winnipeg. - courtesy of Dr John D Bernard
1979 Total Solar Eclipse My best Bailey's Beads nearing 3rd contact. - courtesy of Dr John D Bernard
1979 Total Solar Eclipse Open the exposure up to catch a Mid-corona. - courtesy of Dr John D Bernard
1979 Total Solar Eclipse Prominences... - courtesy of Dr John D Bernard
1979 Total Solar Eclipse A combination of 4 shots: a landscape, and three solar images. - courtesy of Dr John D Bernard
1979 Total Solar Eclipse Appears to be the Diamond Ring forming at mid-corona exposure. - courtesy of Dr John D Bernard
Gallery: tse2017
Pendleton, SC Eclipse Team Site setup just prior to Solar Princess Roxanne Bernard breaking her tibia and wrist. - courtesy of Dr John D Bernard
Pendleton, SC Eclipse Team Shooting into the cirrus clouds, Diamond Ring! - courtesy of Dr John D Bernard
Pendleton, SC Eclipse Team Nine more totality photos like this from the automatic, custom programmed telephoto camera mounted on the telescope. - courtesy of Dr John D Bernard
Pendleton, SC Eclipse Team Member Rolled Roxanne out in a gurney to see totality! See full story above. - courtesy of Dr John D Bernard
2017 South Carolina Total Solar Eclipse Team 2017 South Carolina Total Solar Eclipse Team - courtesy of Dr John D Bernard
2017 South Carolina Total Solar Eclipse Team Well we have the M. Elaine Richardson, Roy Martin, Roxanne Sassard Bernard, and Mark Thies story about the great 2017 eclipse for you... about our misadventures, and a Phoenix rising from the ashes. Elaine, Roy, and Roxanne arrived early at our Pendleton eclipse site and set up... first photo #1 below with two of our five Solar Princesses... An hour before the eclipse started Roxanne went to the restroom, stumbled on a rock [on her bad heel] and broke her wrist and a tibia bone. Elaine called me crying... Roxanne was a trooper and she told Elaine to call me and tell me to finish capturing the eclipse... as I was working 4 telescope systems by myself. [For the record this was my 6th eclipse... and not my first rodeo] I got teary when she told me what Roxanne said. EMS and Elaine took her to the Oconee emergency room, leaving Roy to work the cameras and telescope alone. He told me that he was scared for Roxanne, and had never operated the telescope equipment before, only the two cameras. We contacted the team leader for our Walhalla Eclipse Team, Solar Princess Mickey Hall, and she sent Mark Thies, Solar Princess Evanne's husband, to fight the traffic back to Pendleton to help Roy. Mark got a lesson on operating this telescope mount over the phone and dug in. After totality I called Mark and Roy... asked them how they did. Roy and Mark were disappointed because they said that when totality started, they completely lost the Sun... it just disappeared. But they kept tracking and photographing anyway. When their site's "disarrayed parts" were returned to me I recovered the main telescope camera, and a Canon telephoto backup camera that I had programmed to run automatically and mounted on the telescope.. The backup told the story... the next photo #2 below was what Roy was dealing with 45 seconds before totality... [clouds moving left to right] But then as he and Mark kept working they popped one of the most remarkable photos of the diamond ring through high cirrus clouds that I have ever seen in 47 years of chasing eclipses... photo #3. I had always heard that high cirrus clouds can create an incredible filter effect. Then followed by 12 more very nice totality shots with an irregularly shaped corona, and with red prominences sprouting off the surface, photo #4. Roxanne is coming out of surgery now... Her surgeon said that they are bracing the broken knee bone, and putting a plate in her wrist. I'll see this Solar Princess later tonight. Her eclipse practice photo is #5, EMS photo #6. And our other Solar Princess, M. Elaine Richardson, stayed by her side until she came out of surgery! And finally the capper... The President of the hospital came by her room and when he found out she was on the 2017 South Carolina Total Eclipse Team, suggested that that the nursing staff roll her out in a gurney to see Totality while waiting for the surgeon to come out of surgery! So the moral of this story is... never, never give up. Keep pushing forward like a Phoenix rising from the ashes. Mark, Roy, Elaine, and Roxanne certainly did. - courtesy of Dr John D Bernard
2017 South Carolina Total Solar Eclipse Team 2017 South Carolina Total Solar Eclipse Team - courtesy of Dr John D Bernard

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