When I got up at 6 a.m. things didn't look very good for photographing the partial solar eclipse. Mist and cloud. Fortunately most of that started to burn off and then my only anxiety was the timing of my visit to the local medical centre for some blood tests. I was booked in for an early appointment but there is always some delay. As it happened the delay today was about half an hour so by the time I arrived back home the eclipse was well under way. Almost reaching the maximum point.
There was still some thin cloud about and a direct view of the Sun didn't look very promising:
Anyway I set up the 70D on its sturdy tripod:
Fitted with my solar filter:
Brilliant. The filter seemed to cut through the haze and cloud to give some reasonable photos.
Maximum eclipse seen from home in Lincolnshire:
Various shots as the shadow moved away from the Sun:
As for the effect in general, for me it was almost a non event. Light levels did get duller, the most noticeable was indoors in the North facing kitchen which was a lot darker. Outside though there was a noticeable drop in light levels it was still more than light enough to see everything better than on a dull Winter's day.
Finally the readings from my weather station:
There is an obvious dip in light and UV levels about 9.30 a.m. locally
Cheltenham and the longest day.
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