Enchanted Skies


Solar Eclipse Series Imaged from Grandjean, ID

Galaxy M51

All I can say is Wow!

I travelled to Grandjean, Idaho to observe and image the 2017 solar eclipse. I thought I had found a unique location. There were hundreds of people there. No matter - the weather was great and so was the company. There was a little smoke in the valley from nearby fires, but not so much as to obscure the view noticeably. The day was otherwise cloudless and calm.

I imaged the eclipse using a modified Canon T2i and a Canon 200mm f/2.8 lens. I used a Thousand Oaks solar filter except during totality. Exposure times varied. Partial eclipse was captured at 1/250 sec (f/8, ISO 400). The totality shot in this series was a 1/4 sec exposure. The background image (trees, RVs) was captured during totality using my iPhone SE. Adjustments (levels) and composition of the series were made using Photoshop CS5

The field of view used to acquire the image is shown on the right.


Enchanted Skies - Astrophotography by Rich Richins (all images copyright, Rich Richins)

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