Solar Eclipse in Isfahan
Aftab Astronomy Group
These scanned photos are taken while we were on a trip to Isfahan, to visit a seismology center there . We took our handmade telescope with us ,eager to get some shots of the rising eclipsed sun over the horizon.But we lost the view since we got up late. These photos are of the time that sun was well above the horizon ,leaving us with lost hopes of taking photos like this one from NASA's archive.
The camera was a Zenith122, mounted on a hand made 6" Newtonian
(f = ~1600mm). We used Konica Vx 100 negative. The rough edge of the Moon
and two sun-spots, one of which has a distinct pattern are notable in these
photos. We have altered the brightness/contrast and color balance of some
of the photos to highlight those features. But you may find the brightness
of these images a bit high (since my monitor is always adjusted to its lowest
These photos are the result of a joint work by the members of Aftab Astronomy Group of Persian Gulf University. Some of the members who made this project possible are:
Shobair Ashkpoor (advisor,
Prof. of geophysics, space physics, seismology),
Ahmad Gallehgirizadeh (photographer),
Vahid Majidi (financial supporter),
Sadegh Maroofi (telescope builder),
Aboozar Masoomi (trip organizer).