Have been filming for the BBC4 special on the Sun – to be broadcast on the 20th February as part of a two-part series (the other is on the Moon, was filmed earlier in the year and is excellent) – which included an interview with Fred Espernak. He showed us what I think is the best picture of totality I’ve ever seen.
It was taken from the deck of a ship in the Pacific in an extremely short totality (less than minute) and is a composite of seven different shots. The ship apparently was rocking all over the place and Fred didn’t even get a chance to look at the Sun. For Turkey in March I won’t be ruining my second totality (and hopefully the first clear one) by looking through a viewfinder. He’s seen fourteen, so I’m glad he missed this one visually.
incidentally, I’d like to hear from anyone who is going to be viewing the March eclipse as part of our preparation for the program we’re making about it. Just leave a note in the comments or drop me an email.