October 24, 2017

Astro-Vid Of the Week: Eclipse-Rise over KSC

Eclipse-Rise+VAB. (Photo by author).

Yesterday, we told the tale of our adventures in eclipse-chasing along the Florida Space Coast. The morning of Sunday, November 3rd 2013 found us on the Parrish Park causeway outside of Titusville, Florida shooting a frame of the eclipse every few seconds. We were fortunate that we had only a low cloud deck from the front that had passed through the day before, which provided us with just enough lingering clouds to be photogenic.  Once we were stationary and near a dedicated internet connection that night back at Astroguyz HQ, we decided to stitch together our shots into a brief stop-motion movie animation of the partially-eclipsed Sun rising over the Vehicle Assembly Building at the Kennedy Space Center:

The frames were shot at a steady rate of about one every 3 to 5 seconds, and compressed into 6 frames a second for the final video. Though the camera was tripod mounted, I got a slight jitter from the wind, plus vibration from my finger tripping the shutter. I know, I know… I should’ve used my remote shutter release. Hey, I still wish they’d bring the old, dependable mechanical cable locks back.

As with so many projects, what started as a quick “rough cut” will probably remain as the finished project. Hey, maybe I’ll sit down and manually crop, align and sharpen each and every one of the 100-odd frames, but for now, we’re moving ahead with “good enough.”

Look close, and you can see the change in illumination at the beginning of the sequence, followed by a brief flaring as I begin “dialing down” the exposure setting to keep up with the rising Sun.

Enjoy!

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