WAA Tour to Libya's Total Solar Eclipse

March 26 — April 6, 2006

Travel report with images by Georg Zotti, status May 2, 2006.

18 members of the Wiener Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Astronomie (WAA) did an extended tour to observe the Total Solar Eclipse of March 29, 2006 near Waw an-Namus in south-eastern Libya. Our tour was again internally organized and headed by our member Robert Edelmaier, or "Professor" for our driver team. Our professional tour guide was Christine Emberger, General Manager of ARR Natur- und Kulturreisen.

This collection is based on the more than 1700 images I regarded good enough to keep. Not all images are stunning, but show some aspect of our tour. Most are in chronological order, only slight changes have been made to re-group where too obvious.

The images were taken with two digital SLRs: a Canon 20D with a Sigma 18-200 Zoom lens as "snapshot" camera, and a Canon 5D with either a Canon 17-40 USM L f/4 Zoom or a Sigma 8mm fisheye lens. Raw image processing (exposure, snapshot (de-)rotation, crop, colour space correction, ...) was done with Bibble 4.7, an excellent tool by Bibble Labs. The panoramas were made with hugin (including autopano-SIFT and enblend) and retouched with The GIMP. Dust removal or processed images of the eclipse are still awaiting completion.

The images have been arranged by day, but total overviews are also available with just images or with basic exposure information.

March 26: Arrival in Libya
March 27: Leaving Sebha towards East
March 28: Getting to the Eclipse site, via Waw an-Namus
March 29: Eclipse Day!
March 30: Back from the Desert
March 31: Germa — Murzuq — Desert
April 1: Wadi Mathkandush, Going West through Mesak Mellet to Akakus Mountains
April 2: Akakus Mountains, Rock Art
April 3: Germa, Desert, Umm el-Maa
April 4: Mandara Lake, More Desert Experience
April 5: Leptis Magna
April 6: Tripolis
Gallery of 1718 photographs — The Complete Set!
Gallery of 1718 photographs — The Complete Set with exposure info!

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