The Solar Corona of 1999 Aug 11
This photo is a composite from 22 separate negatives.
They have been processed and combined in Adobe Photoshop
to closely resemble the naked eye appearance of the solar corona.
The image was featured in Sky & Telescope's Gallery section (December 1999, p.144)
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The Ken Willcox Memorial Eclipse Expedition brought 98 people to Turkey to witness the last total solar eclipse of the Millennium on 1999 August 11. I served as expedition leader while the role of tour director fell into the capable and experienced hands of Gary Spears (Spears Travel). We enjoyed spectacular cloud-free views of totality from our own private beach along the eastern shore of Lake Hazar in eastern Turkey. Below are a preliminary sample of eclipse photographs from Lake Hazar.
For more 1999 eclipse images, visit all four of my four photo galleries:
| A - Overview | B - Diamond Ring | C - Corona | D - Sequences |
Promences at 2nd contact
Brilliant red prominences were seen along the Sun's eastern limb as totality began.
Totality comes to Lake Hazar, Turkey
Fred Espenak and his telescopes are silhouetted against Lake Hazar
and the eerie twilight sky of totality. The entire eclipse is captured
in a sequence of images taken every five minutes.
Baily's Beads at 3rd contact
A string of Baily's Beads appeared above a forrest of prominences
at 3rd contact, signaling the end of totality.
Totten's Trio of Totality
Pat Totten was determined to watch the eclipse and not get bogged down
with photography. She simply set her Nikon 6006 to auto-exposure mode
and squeezed the cable release while enjoying the view.
Now THIS is how you watch an eclipse!
Tour director Gary Spears relaxes on his "observing platform" on Lake Hazar
as he begins planning our next expedition: Zambia/Zimbabwe 2001!
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Last revised: 2008 Jan 28