A total eclipse of the Sun is due in August 1999. It will attract alot of interest because - unusually - it will be visible in much of Europe and the UK. A total Solar Eclipse is always fascinating. This book is for everyone that wants to know 1. What a Solar Eclipse is 2. The phenomena one can expect to see 3. How to photograph an eclipse using a variety of methods 4. How to plan for an eclipse expedition. The book not only covers the 1999 eclipse but also past and future eclipses which we can look forward to. This book is also interesting to "armchair astronomers" as it contains alot of historical and anecdotal information. There's even a final chapter on "Eclipse Mishaps and Oddities" including the American eclipse expedition of 1780 that missed the total eclipse because they went to the wrong location!
From the reviews
"written by two experienced observers and contains practically all the information any amateur observer could wish to know about observing solar eclipses."
FROM THE REVIEWS:
..".a very practical set of instructions for observing and photographing the eclipse, which fits well in Patrick Moore's 'Practical Astronomy' series. The information obviously comes from knowledgeable and experienced observers...Detailed hints on focusing and on the problems of camera shake are wise."
"It is written by two experienced observers and contains practically all the information any amateur observer could wish to know about observing solar eclipses."
"It covers every detail, from how to dress for Outer Mongolia or altitude sickness on the Chilean Altiplano, to how to roll your own film and construct the test complex photographic systems. If you plan to take your eclipse chasing seriously then this book is a 'must have'."