Tour to Tahiti, French Polynesia, for the
Eclipse 2010 in the Hao Atoll
Tuesday July 6th
We arrived from Los Angeles to
Papeete, Tahit, and were welcomed by
airport staff carrying flowers. We then headed to the Sofitel Hote to
Wednesday July 7th
This day we went to the Belvedere Restaurant, which is located on top a
mountain in Tahiti. The road was quite narrow to get there.
The view from the restaurant was
great, including a sunset within the
Thursday July 8th
We went in a tour to visit Papeete and
the highlights of Tahiti. While
in downtown I saw an ad of a company, which recalled me my favorite
astronomy shop in California:
We then went to visit Point Venus and
the old lighthouse in Tahiti. The
place is nowadays visited by several locals. Captain’s Cook
monument is located there. The first international experiment, as far
as I know, was the transit of Venus observation.
Later we stopped in a road next to the
sea, where you could see the
waves breaking against the rocks
We then moved on to a place with
waterfalls. If something has Tahiti,
is water. There are waterfalls all around the place!
We finally stopped for some
sightseeing next to the sea:
Friday July 9th
In the morning we went to see dolphins
in the sea and snorkeling. I got
also a nice shot a bit after sunset from the hotel.
At night we went to Polynesian Dinner
with show dance included:
Here is the Video I posted in YouTube:
Saturday July 10th
For this day we booked a trip on a 4x4
truck to the mountains of
Tahiti. The tour was very nice and we were able to see a lot of
waterfalls in Tahiti.
We went back to the hotel early and we
attended a group meeting to
discuss about the Eclipse and then early to bed since we needed to wake
up really early on the Eclipse Day.
Sunday July 11th. ECLIPSE DAY!!!
We started the day early, waking up at
1:30am. We left the hotel at
around 2:15am towards Papeete's airport. Our flight departed to Hao at
We landed in Hao at around 6:00am in
the morning. As I imagined, Hao's
airport is pretty small:
We were nicely received with some
Polynesian Dances, not so touristic
but rather the real thing I assume. Video:
Here are some pictures of my setup and
some locals that gathered around
us to watch through my Cameras:
My setup was composed of two tripods.
In one I had a Nikon D70s with a
Intervalometer which I used to take pictures every 5 minutes:
In the second tripod I had 2 cameras
mounted tracking the sun via an
Astrotrac. One of the cameras was a Nikon D90 with a Stellarvue Raptor
70ED as lens, and the other was a Sony Handycam with a 3X lens for the
video. The D90 was controlled by a Netbook using Eclipse Orchestrator
for the pictures:
Now, to the Eclipse Pictures! Here are
some of the pictures I got.
Some minutes after first contact. As
you can see, there were some
Totality (including overexposed
corona) and second Diamond Ring:
Here is a sequence of the Eclipse.
Pictures taken every 5 minutes:
And finally, you can see here the
Video I took of the Eclipse. You will
notice in the Video that we were very lucky. There were several times
when the sun was covered by clouds, but there were none during Totality!