On the morning of the 20th March 2015 I woke at 7am to see a sky of grey and a few clear blue patches. This was it- Eclipse day 2015. The Sun would be 95% eclipsed in a few hours but would the clouds stay broken for long enough? As I set up my gear, sure enough the skies closed it, thick dark grey cloud. My intial thought was “you won some, you lose some”. This one look lost. The Eclipse got under way just before 08:30 and the clouds were persisting. With camera and telescope at hand, I stalked the South Eastern skies waiting for a hole to shoot through. At 09:00 all looked lost, with maximum Eclipse just 30 mins away, I didn’t even have a chance to frame and focus on the Moon. Just minutes later the Sun, sporting a thick crescent appeared faintly for a few seconds, just enough time for me to frame it. Then it was gone from view again. However, around to the north I could see a few thinner patches of cloud. Could they make their way south east before 09:30. At 09:15? My luck was in. Thing cloud persisted in the south east till 09:35. Prefect timing and a Wonderful experience. As the Eclipse progress you could hear the birds sing. A slight darkness fell around me and there was a noticeable drop in temperature. Day was becoming night. A beautiful and powerful experience.
As the Eclipse progress you could hear the birds sing. A slight darkness fell around me and there was a noticeable drop in temperature. Day was becoming night. A beautiful and powerful experience.
I hope you take the time to watch this video, especially if you were clouded out for the Eclipse. The sights and sounds in this video are exactly how the maximum phase of the Eclipse played out in front of me in real time.
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Location: Killygordon, Co. Donegal, Ireland.
Date: 20 March 2015
Camera: Canon 6D
Telescope: Celestron Onyx 80mm