Stunning time-lapse sequence of the eclipse

This stunning time-lapse sequence of the solar eclipse was captured by Northumberland astro-photographer Ian Glendinning.

Mr Glendinning, who is events officer for the Northumberland Astronomical Society, took the photographs using a filtered telescope in his garden in Holystone in the Coquet Valley.

The solar eclipse from Guide Post. Picture by Elaine Waters.

The solar eclipse from Guide Post. Picture by Elaine Waters.

“I was going to travel elsewhere, but the weather forecast wasn’t very good so I decided that I had as much chance of seeing the eclipse from my garden as anywhere,” he said.

“I already had the solar filters and other kit that you need to safely observe the sun so it was just a case of hoping for a clear sky.

“I had always planned to do a time-lapse sequence, but that was looking extremely unlikely because of the cloud cover, even as late as 8.30am, but then all of a sudden the cloud cleared. It was amazing. I missed the start of the sequence because of the cloud cover, but after it cleared it was fine.”

It was the first time Mr Glendinning has been able to capture an almost total solar eclipse as he was working away in 1999 and did not have his equipment to hand.

I had always planned to do a time-lapse sequence, but that was looking extremely unlikely because of the cloud cover, even as late as 8.30am, but then all of a sudden the cloud cleared. It was amazing.

Ian Glendinning, Northumberland Astronomical Society.

However, if he really wants another opportunity, he may not have to wait too long.

“There is a lot of hype about eclipses, but they are not uncommon at all. They are just a natural course of events,” he said.

“Whether they are accessible from where you live is another matter, but most of the time there will be eclipses somewhere in the world. Some people make a habit of travelling around the world to view them. I was quite pleased that this time I only had to walk about three yards.”

Mr Glendinning usually takes photographs of the skies at night and his speciality is the Northern Lights, travelling regularly to Iceland to get the most stunning images.

“I do travel regularly to Iceland to photograph the Northern Lights, but I have also seen them in Northumberland many times,” he said.

“I do like to share my photographs of these things because people should see what is going on over their heads, and it is all totally free to enjoy.”