Solar Eclipse with iPhone!

24 Aug

We had fantastic weather here in Ottawa on August 21, 2017, and I was able to photograph my first solar eclipse! We saw 71% of the sun covered here in Ottawa and I took a boatload of photos and video.

The View Through the Telescope

Here are some of my best shots. All images and video were taken through my Celestron NexStar 8SE telescope (filtered with an Eclipsmart solar filter) with my iPhone 7.

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Approaching peak eclipse in Ottawa. Stack of 10 iPhone photos through 8″ telescope.

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The classic PAC-MAN shot. Stack of 10 iPhone photos through 8″ telescope.

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Almost done! Stack of 10 iPhone photos through 8″ telescope.

Raw Timelapse

I also put together a rough timelapse built from unedited iPhone images taken through my telescope. Note: I changed the orientation of the phone/eyepiece and the degree of zoom used during the eclipse, which is why the orientation and size of the sun changes throughout the timelapse.

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Videos

Here’s a short video of the view through my iPhone as the wind picked up a bit early in the eclipse:

Solar Eclipse through 8″ telescope with iPhone 7. from Andrew Symes on Vimeo.

And this is an iPhone video (sped up 4x) that shows the moon crossing in front of a sunspot at right.

Moon swallows a sunspot! from Andrew Symes on Vimeo.

Non-Telescopic Shots

I also took some non-telescopic photos using a homemade solar eclipse “projectinator,” eclipse glasses, and a colander!

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Pinhole projection in a poster tube.

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Solar eclipse with iPhone through eclipse glasses.

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Crescent suns through a kitchen colander!

Now to chase totality in 2024!

3 Responses to “Solar Eclipse with iPhone!”

  1. Jim R August 24, 2017 at 1:54 pm #

    Excellent photos. I hope you had a good time. We did in Missouri under not ideal sky conditions. Our 6 yr old grandson thought it was ‘awesome’.
    https://jarphys.wordpress.com/2017/08/22/solar-eclipse-totality/

    • canadianastronomy August 24, 2017 at 1:59 pm #

      Thanks, Jim! I’m just checking out your blog now. Nicely done! Glad you got to see some of it, at least! I’ve never seen totality but am hoping to in 2024!

      • Jim R August 24, 2017 at 3:08 pm #

        This was my second time of totality. Loved it. I hope my grandson sees many more.

        Thanks for the follow. Take care.

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