TSE, Casper, Wyoming

Total Solar Eclipse, Casper, Wyoming
By Luca Vanzella

A summer road trip took us to Casper, Wyoming for the August 21, 2017 total solar eclipse.

Waiting for the eclipse in Casper, Wyoming.
In awe of totality.
The imaging rig.

For this one, I decided that the only way I was going to photograph the eclipse was if I could fully automate the picture taking.In one of the grand traditions of amateur astronomy, I cobbled together an imaging setup with owned and borrowed items: Canon Rebel T3i camera, with an old Canon FD 300mm lens coupled with a Bower FD-EOS Adapter and filtered with a Baader AstroSolar film. The camera was attached to a borrowed dovetail bar and the bar was attached to a borrowed Celestron NexStar SE mount/tripod, powered by a Canadian Tire 12v battery. Total spent for the imaging rig: 25 cents for a tripod bolt.

A multi-composite image of the total eclipse.
I participated in the Eclipse Megamovie 2017 project (click to open).

© 2020 Luca Vanzella.