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The Total Eclipse of March 29th 2006 was observed from Turkey, just to the North of Side. Very fine weather and clear skies gave us a most splendid view of this wonderfull phenomenon. I had planned to photograph the eclipse with my little Pronto and Nikon D70 camera. This worked fine until only a few minutes before second contact, when the camera refused to work properly. I quickly changed the battery but then the camera refused service completely. At that very moment the Baily's beads became visible, so I grabbed my binoculars and observed visually for as long as the eclipse lasted. At first I was dissappointed, because of this failure, but later I realised that I had now had a very good look at the eclipse and that no photograph actually can do justice to the beauty of the phenomenon. Having no pictures of myself, I am placing here, two photographs taken by  friends and compagnons in Turkey.

The picture above was taken by Gerard Deman using a Pentax 500 mm F/4.5 telelens and the Pentax IS Digital reflex camera.

This compilation of pictures was taken by Francois and Lieve Uytterhoeven, it shows both partial phases as well as totality.

The annular eclipse of October 3rd 2005 was observed from the Northern edge of Madrid. The weather was very clear, not a single cloud in the sky. A cold wind from the North made the temperature almost 20 degrees Celsius lower than the days before.

We were accompanied by a spanish photographer.

From left to right : Jaak Lagrou, Pablo Vergara PlÓ and Gerard Deman.

Second and third contacts went very swiftly, Baillys beads dured very short.

It was once more a very fine experience, and we were lucky to be succesfull.

Large spot group 798 has returned, it is now group 808. A very beautufull loop prominence is visible.

This morning a nice loop prominence was visible :

Group 786 is passing the West limb and producing several flares. A number of active prominences were seen.       Some of them were observed, but only one was photographed because of inferior seeing conditions :

A flare is seen very close tot the limb :


A larger prominence is seen at the East limb :

Prominences on the West limb.

The Transit of Venus on 2004, June 8.


With very fine weather, Gerard Deman and myself, leaved early to find a good place to observe the start of the Venus transit. We found a good place with a nearly clear horizon. We took only small instruments, so setting up was easy and quick.

With the Coronado filter, Venus was seen to touch the Solar Chromosphere about 3 minutes before first contact in white light. Minutes before we observed a large eruptive prominence that lasted about 15 minutes. No pictures were taken of it, it faded quickly.

This was one of the first pictures in H-alpha light.

time: 5h23m37s UT

A vast number of pictures was taken both in H-alpha and white light. Only a couple of these are given here :

time: 8h08m30s UT

This white light picture was taken at 10h29m15s UT. A 125 mm F6 refractor was used for it. Only tiny sunspots were seen.  After 4th contact, it took again alsmost 3 minutes before Venus cleared the chromospheric layer and became invisible.

A nice prominence was visible this morning.

A fine prominence at the East limb, it is now visible for its 3rd day.

Two prominences on the East limb of the Sun.

A very nice Hedgerow prominence was seen today.

The return of spotgroup 484 showed a flare with a magnificent prominence this morning.


Loop prominences over Noaa 486 on the East limb.


Prominences surrounding a new spot group on the SE limb.                 


The same prominences as yesterday are shown.


Prominence at the West limb.                                     Prominences at the East limb.


A very nice prominence was seen this morning.


This morning a nice prominence was seen at the NE limb. This changed slowly in shape.


A fine display of prominences.

   And one day later it became a good display of prominences.

  The same day, an eruptive prominence was seen on the West limb, at the place where a large sunspot dissappeared.

  A prominence erupted quite suddenly on the East limb.

  Quick changes can be seen in the prominence.

  The prominence reaches its maximum extent, and starts to fade, soon after the picture is made.



A series of pictures of an active prominence at the SW limb of the Sun. The times here are Summertime, this means U.T. + 2 hours.

On the 7th of May 2003, Mercury transited the Sun. Allthough high clouds and some turbulent seeing, the phenomenon was observed from 6.20 UT until its end at 10.34 UT. During the transit, a fairly large but rather faint prominence was observed. It faded just before the end of the transit.

        Planet Mercury

  8.52 UT 9.02 UT   9.49 UT

      Planet  Mercury                                         

  9.21 UT.               


A beautifull prominence was seen on the NW limb. Changes were slow, times are given in UT. At the same time there was a series of loop prominences seen on the East limb.

                                                                                                                                 A group of spots came around the limb this morning. A flare caused another prominence to erupt. This one was seen as a large drop hanging on the Sun at first, but evolving into another series of  loops that was finally blown away.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              This prominence had disappeared by 11.30 UT, but than there were other prominences seen, these were not photographed.

  A nice Hedgerow prominence at the East limb.


Some prominences on the East limb. The largest one was quite active and is perhaps accompanied with the return of spotgroup 365.


Spotgroup 365 came around the limb, several loop prominences were seen. One of them is shown here.

   A nice prominence at the West limb.


The same prominence as yesterday.         At right are low prominences coming around the East limb.

      The prominence in the North was quite active, changing shape quickly. The larger prominence changed shape much more slowly.


Two images of a nice prominence, a filament is coming around the East limb.


A large filament is coming around the E-limb.            Prominences at the West limb.

  A nice prominence at the West limb.