Complex Corona 1 - 2019 Total Solar Eclipse

The solar corona is only visible for a few brief minutes during a total eclipse of the Sun. Because the corona encompasses an enormous range of brightness (the innermost corona is over 1000 times brighter than the outer corona), it is difficult to capture an image that resembles what the eye sees.

This image has been processed to reveal and emphasize the fine structue present in the solar corona during the total solar eclipse of July 2, 2019.

It is a composite of 72 separate exposures (1/1000 to 2.5 seconds) shot with an Vixen 90mm Fluorite refractor and a Nikon D850 DSLR. The images were combined and processed using Photoshop CC 2019. My PDF article "Digital Compositing Techniques for Coronal Imaging" is a bit dated (for example there is a discussion on digitizing negatives) but it still gives a useful description of some of the digital processing techniques I used to process my 2019 eclipse images.

There is a tremendous amount of structure visible in the underlying data, and much of it is revealed in this image. This is done at the expense of exaggerating the much more subtle details seen in the corona. For an image processed to closely resemble the appearance of the corona as seen with the naked eye, see Visual Coronal 1.

The Moon appears darker than the sky because of the huge contrast between the Moon's disk and the very bright inner corona adjacent to the Moon. I've tried to preserve this visual impression in this image.

This image is available as a Custom Print.

Additional eclipse photos can be seen at: 2019 Total Solar Eclipse Photo Gallery.

For more information on this event, see: EclipseWise 2019 Total Solar Eclipse.

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