Want to take your eclipse-photography experience to the next level? Get tips on advanced techniques from Fred Espenak, a.k.a. "Mr. Eclipse," during S&T's live webinar on Tuesday, May 23rd.

Fred Espenak
Fred Espenak, who recently retired from NASA, has made a long career of chasing — and recording — total solar eclipses.

There are now just three months to go until August 21st's total eclipse of the Sun. And, like me, you're probably wondering how much time and energy to devote to capturing the very best images of the eclipse that you can. Even if you're an experienced photographer with good equipment, imaging the eclipse can be tricky because you'll be working with a challenging subject. And while the partial phases will last for hours, totality itself will come and go in less than 3 minutes.

Fortunately, my longtime friend and colleague Fred Espenak, a.k.a. "Mr. Eclipse," is here for you. He's already provided a webinar that covers the basics of solar-eclipse photography (downloadable here), and now he's readying to provide a second webinar on the advanced imaging techniques that you might want to use during the 2017 solar eclipse.

His live webinar on advanced eclipse photography is Tuesday, May 23rd, beginning at 7:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (4:00 p.m. Pacific Time, 23:00 Universal Time). It's $29.99 to participate (or to download afterward), but it will be well worth the cost.

During that hour, Fred will tackle equipment-related topics like using an equatorial mount (for cameras or telescopes) during the eclipse and how to achieve polar alignment during the daytime. Next, you'll hear how to create time-lapse sequences and animations; how to automate eclipse photography with a laptop computer; and how to exploit a DSLR camera's "high dynamic range" (HDR) settings. Finally, Fred will show how you can process your images after the eclipse has come and gone to bring out the most detail.

Best of all, you'll be able to ask Fred questions!

2008's total solar eclipse
Here's the glorious solar corona, as recorded by Fred Espenak during the total solar eclipse on August 1, 2008.

To be completely honest, you should do everything you can to maximize the time you can spend just watching August's solar eclipse. And if you're intent on taking photos as well, then the automation schemes that Fred will discuss should greatly improve your chances of both watching and imaging this celestial spectacle. So please join Fred — and yours truly — as he shares the kind of expert training that you won't find anywhere else.

Again, the advanced eclipse-photography webinar is Tuesday, May 23rd, beginning at 7:00 p.m. EDT. Click here to get more info and to purchase the webinar. I hope you can join us!


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Stephen Gagnon

May 19, 2017 at 1:45 pm

Given that I was one of those who were not able to participate in the January webinar because of a 'glitch' in the system, it isn't exactly comforting to see this listed under the 'Question?' section:

"If you have questions about the program or any technical difficulties, please contact ."

So, if there is another 'glitch' in the system, who is providing technical support? I do I get hold of them? Will it be timely support, because when it became evident that there was a problem during the January webinar, I didn't receive a response from tech support until the next day. Thanks!

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June 9, 2017 at 11:35 am

I missed the 2nd webinar (paid for both) and I can't find where I can download the 2nd webinar. How do I do that?

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Monica Young

June 12, 2017 at 9:54 am

Hi Michael, For any questions about our products, please contact skyprodservice@skyandtelescope.com. I've forwarded your comment to our customer support team and you should hear from them soon.

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