2012 Annular Eclipse

Seen from Pyramid Lake, NV 6:30PM PST May 20th, 2012,had to drive there to avoid high cirrus coming in from front approaching from coast

Photo by Stacey Watts

Canon 1D ND400 filter plus G filter


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Best picture I’ve seen of the eclipse! Good job!


One to rule them all…


Ooh pretty! Well done.


Thanks as always, Tokyoboy. Google translation here. -w.

Cool. Thank you.

Gunga Din

All it needs is a “Smiley Face”. Well, maybe not. This was real.
Thanks for sharing. I’m sure it put a smile on your face.

John F. Hultquist

Stacey, nice photo — too bad about all the driving. Return Safe.

Randle Dewees

Fabulous image Stacey!
We are a few hundred miles south of Pyramid Lake, so had a “chunk out” eclipse. Just enough to feel the difference in the solar load. The sunlight is different, kind of like having light very good sunglasses on.

Centered just perfectly! Middle of the track and timed just right. Great job.

Peter Kovachev

You guys drove to Yahupetzville for that? I could’ve made this for you in Photoshop…a yellow, 24 pt circle on a black background > copy same in new layer, give it a gaussian blur (about 3 pixels) > 30% percent transparency and bingo-bango-bongo, you’s got an eclipse 🙂
But seriously, the photo is sheer haunting elegance; kudos to the Missus/Miss Watts!


FanTAStic photo! Well done, Stacy!

Nice shot!

Eric Barnes

Fantastic!! Job well done. 🙂

Reed Coray

Great picture, Stacey. Way to go!

Alan Grey

We now get super powers right?


Bulls eye! We got rained out but I made a 2-hour time lapse of it anyway. The self-adjusting shutter canceled most of the fading light, so even that was a near-fail. That’s Seattle for you.

Policy Guy

We had our own small eclipse party in a public park in Sacramento. We saw the eclipse through a Personal Solar Telescope, through holes in cardboard presented on a back up surfaces, through crescent images in shadows from leafy trees, on fences from leaf projections, on playground equipment through holes in equipment elements. We saw it everywhere we looked.
But nothing as clean and perfect as your family’s photo on the centerline.
Kudos to you and yours. What a wonderful evening.

Michael Auer

Here in Pleasanton Ca. it looked really cool on the side of my home showing through the leaves on a tree, cheshire cat(s) smiling or pac-man dancing in the wind.


Awesome… Thanks!
(And you got to share it with the kids. Priceless.)

Great! Thanks for sharing, and your children will remember it. I’m sure it was worth the effort, and the conference won’t suffer.


And Stacey, too!


Just beautiful. Thanks


I hiked up Table Rock and got this picture:
It was with a phone, no filters or anything so it is mostly the sun, but you can still faintly see the moon on the upper left quadrant formed by the contrail and the vertical line of sunlight. There was also a gorgeous halo around the sun which showed up somewhat in the photo as well.

Roger Carr

Nice, Stacey… let’s know when you start your blog…

a dood



Its a sign. Its a sign in the sky, O’s the one!

jonathan frodsham

Wow, nice photograph, thank you for sharing 🙂

Wow, quite a thick annulus obviously close to apogee.
BTW, this, from CNN but seen on the local web page for WMUR, claimed via the improbable URL
http://www.wmur.com/news/money/technology/Solar-eclipse-projects-ring-of-fire/-/9857638/13495754/-/item/1/-/lm86ebz/-/index.html that the path was ridiculously narrow.
My comment, pounded out without checking your original post:
“More than 80% of the sun will be blocked out during the apex, Newmark said — but the full effect will be visible only to observers within 200 feet (61 meters) of the track.” 200 feet is wrong. In the 1994 eclipse the annulus just touched the edge of the Sun in Concord. In Plymouth it was centered. Given the perigean full Moon we had a couple weeks ago, the Moon must be at near perigee now, so perhaps the track could be 400 miles wide.
Oops – I meant to type apogee. I better go fix it.


Great picture. Too bad it was raining here today. All we saw were clouds. 🙁


Wow, perfectly centered. Impressive.

Jenn Oates

You couldn’t ask for a more perfect photo than that, Anthony. I was down in Escalon all weekend, but was able to take some interesting (and a few trite) photos with my iPhone when we got back to Elk Grove about 6 PM: http://thingsthatmakelife.blogspot.com/2012/05/eclipse.html
Nothing like yours, but c’mon…it’s an iPhone. 🙂

Bill H

very nice…
looks like someone is a better photographer than Anthony…. 🙂

Tough viewing conditions in the Republic of Boulder tonight as lots of clouds on the horizon. I was hoping to catch a time-lapse of the partially eclipsed sun setting over Longs Peak and it re-appeared literally at the last minute – here’s what I ended up with:
We weren’t in totality, so did not see the “ring-o-fire” – great picture Anthony – everyone should be sure to click on to see fill-size. Plus I used a total makeshift ND filter – cut out one of the eyepieces from the eclipse glasses my kid had and wedged that inside the tele-convertor! 😉

Jim B in Canada

Great shot! Mind if I use it as a screen background?
REPLY: Sure go ahead – Anthony


Awesome photo. Hope the kids enjoyed it too.

Wow… *speechless*

Outstanding photography. Well done Ms. Watts!
This stuff is not easy to do. As a photog myself, but along different lines, I know how hard it is to get a shot of an eclipse — of this quality. More of your work, Stacey, would be good to see.


stunning. I’m jealous!

Mac the Knife

Overcast, drizzle and rain here, south of Seattle…
Soooo, rub my nose in it, yah sure you betcha….

Great Job! What lens were you using?

D. Patterson

How long before we see an article claiming the number of annular eclipses have increased because, wait for it,…Global Warming?


You know, not once did I have to tell my dog not to look at the Sun! Even he knew better and did not need “experts” to tell him what to do.
Actually, Koko and I were working on my sailboat and trying to keep the Sun out of our eyes when this eclipse happened. I completely forgot all about it.
Thanks for the great picture!

Carsten Arnholm, Norway

Wow, perfect circle! Very well done, thank you for sharing it with us!

Keith Pearson, formerly bikermailman, Anonymous no longer

Awesome, and again, good on ya for keeping a promise to your boy! I was near the far end, close to Lubbock, almost dead centerline. Watched the Big Moon God eat the Big Sun God…about a third of the way, then get blocked by clouds. Sigh….total cloud cover at the last one in these parts in ’94. Big thumbs up for you Anthony, and all those who got to see it up close and personal!

Pretty good viewing from Whiskeytown Lake, CA this evening! Lots of people converged there. Did anybody sight Venus, Jupiter, or Mercury nearby?

Pat Frank

Great picture. My brother lives in Trinidad, on the coast, and he said he got a good view through the thin high cirrus of the approaching front.
I thought the corona would be brighter, and the reddish color is also a surprise. I thought the corona would be yellower. Also, it’s interesting to see the red light inside the diameter of the moon silhouette. I guess that might be a diffraction effect of the sharp edge of the moon.

Bill Jamison

Wow, great shot! It doesn’t get any better than this.



Awesome photo Anthony and crew (assuming family). Now that’s what you would call a perfect golden ring!


I also saw an annular solar eclipse and made some pictures when I was in Madrid on 3rd October in 2005.
Take a look on the ground:
Did you notice a temperature drop while the eclipse?
And warming after it: