Photographer took over 200,000 shots for this stunning 8k annular solar eclipse timelapse

Nov 27, 2023

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

Photographer took over 200,000 shots for this stunning 8k annular solar eclipse timelapse

Nov 27, 2023

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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Last month, an annular solar eclipse was visible over the United States and Central and South America (and from space). Astrophotographer Jason Kurth captured it and turned it into a stunning timelapse. He shot over 200,000 images and ended up with one of the most detailed videos of a “ring of fire” solar eclipse we’ve ever seen.

Jason, who is based in Florida, traveled to Utah to shoot the eclipse. That’s over 2,000 miles! On this journey, he carried around 200 pounds of camera gear to capture the eclipse. It included a custom double-stacked hydrogen alpha solar telescope and a monochrome camera to capture the solar chromosphere in ultra-high resolution.

Creating this timelapse didn’t come without its challenges. Besides carrying heavy and expensive gear, there was always a risk of bad weather. Thankfully, everything went smoothly, and Jason captured over 200,000 photos of the eclipse. But then he faced another challenge – how on Earth was he going to process all that data? Jason had to build a new computer with 24 cores and 192 gigabytes of RAM to handle the processing.

But hey, it was worth it. The resulting timelapse included “only” around 2,000 photos, giving us a stunning look at this special event.

What is an annular solar eclipse?

An annular solar eclipse occurs when the Moon is at its farthest point from Earth in its orbit. This means that the Moon appears slightly smaller than the Sun, and it doesn’t cover the Sun completely. As a result, a ring of sunlight is visible around the Moon, creating the “ring of fire” effect.

Annular solar eclipses are relatively rare. They occur about 37 times in every 100 years. However, the next annular solar eclipse will happen soon – on October 8. 2024. It will be visible from the Pacific Ocean, southern Chile, and southern Argentina. And if you visit these two countries to shoot the event, make sure to read Jason’s guide first. It will help you with planning and protecting your gear and your eyes.

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Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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One response to “Photographer took over 200,000 shots for this stunning 8k annular solar eclipse timelapse”

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    David

    Definitely a lot sharper than my results. But I used a lens I paid $12 for, 2 stacked teleconverters I paid $25 total for, for and a solar filter that cost me about $30 on Amazon. I shot it on Portra 400. I used a Nikon F, a simple SLR introduced 64 years ago. I took somewhere between 10-15 photos and had the remainder of the 35mm roll to capture the rest of the week. I also didn’t carry anywhere near 200lbs of gear. In the end I’m fairly content with the result I got relative to the expense and effort spent.

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