21 March 2017

Jakson Hole - Gros Ventre Road - Wyoming - USA

Local circumstances

Location : North +43°35'48.7" , West 110° 41' 54.9".

Duration of totality : 2mn 20s

C1 : 18h16mn52.6s UT

C2 : 19h35mn00.3s UT , Alt = 50°

Max : 19h36mn10.2 sUT,

C3 : 19h37mn20.2s UT, Alt = 51°


Telescope :

Skywatcher Maksutov 127 mm F/12 - Measured Scale : 0.761 arcec/pixel.

The optics were measured to lamda/8 P-V in red light : HASO-test.

The optical tube was insolated to reduce focus shift with temperature drop..

Focus accuracy is estimated to 0.1 mm (ie defocus aberration = lambda/6 P-V in red light).


Seeing conditions :

Average seeing during the toatlity. No cloud, blue sky with some diffusion due to the presence of aerosols (dust ?).

Camera :

Basler 1920-155 with IMX 174 sensor - Field of view : 26.2 x 16.4 arcmin - Passive cooling with heat sink.

Aquisitions in 12 bits, with gain value set to minimum in order to maximise dynamic range and S/N max. Resulting dynamic range = 12.2 bits and S/N max = 7.5 bits.

Gamma value was set to 0.5 => it was a mistake. It results in a loss of grey levels differentiation in the high lights (isophotes in the inner corona).

Indicative IMX174 quantum efficiciency curve. It looks a bit optimistic ... Source : Point Grey : http://www.ptgrey.com/support/downloads/10414?

Filter :

Astrodon Sloan r' filter generation 1 (yellow color). Square transmission from 555 nm to 696 nm :

Telescope mount : Unitron equatorial mount with model 128 electric drive roughly aligned to the celestial pole with compass and inclinometer.

Processing :

- Correction of Fixed Pattern Noise and vigneting (and speckes of dust) by flat image.

- No offset correction.

- Accurate X /Y registration of video frames with Autostakkert 3 software directly on the solar corona : between 3 to 8 registration points. AP size = 400 pixels. All frames of each video files are stacked to maximize S/N (ie.no frame selection).

- Correction of radial gradient : Image = Image / Image convoluted by Gaussian filter (sigma 30 pixels).

- Visualisation : unsharp mask (sigma = 2.5 pixels, k = 25).

North limb

30 s acquisition centered on 17:35:22s UT, 77 fps, 2331 frames acquired, stacked frames = 2331 frames x 10 ms

"unsharp mask" version

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North-West limb
30 s acquisition centered on 17h 37mn 02s UT, 53 fps, 1580 frames acquired, stack frames = 1580 frames x 19 ms

Magnitude 7.8 star visible

"unsharp mask" version

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East limb

30 s acquisition centered on 17h36mn22s UT, 53 fps, 2000 frames acquired, stack frames = 1580 frames x 19 ms, moving thin clouds

Magnitude 10.2 star faintly visible on upper left corner

"unsharp mask" version

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