- Jordan Stargazing Aug 2013
- Morocco Stargazing May 2013
- Iceland March 2013
- Iceland February 2013
- Swedish Northern Lights - February 2013
- Iceland Short Tours 2012/13
- Australia 2012 - Total Eclipse
- USA 2012 - Transit of Venus
- USA 2012 - Annular Eclipse
- Iceland 2012 - Northern Lights
- Turkey 2011 - Draconids Meteor Shower
- Iceland 2011 - Northern Lights
- Tahiti 2010 - Total Eclipse
- Kenya 2010 - Annular Eclipse
- China 2009 - Total Eclipse
- China 2008 - Total Solar Eclipse
- Libya 2006 - Total Eclipse
- Egypt 2004 - Transit of Venus
- Iceland 2003 - Annular Eclipse
- Palau 2001 - Meteor Shower
- Australia 2001 - Total eclipse
- Zimbabwe 2001 - Total eclipse
- Turkey 1999 - Total Eclipse
- Venezuela 1998 - Total Eclipse
- Mongolia 1997 - Total Eclipse
- India 1995 - Total Solar Eclipse
- Chile 1994 - Total Eclipse
Australia 2012 - Total Eclipse
Well before dawn on the morning of the 14th November our groups began to gather on the beautiful sandy beach of Palm Cove in Northern Queensland. Venus was shining brilliantly in the east over the sea and the Southern Cross climbing high in the South. To a northern hemisphere observer Crux Australis is always a delight to see but this was just a precursor to an event that we hoped to witness soon after the sunrise: a total solar eclipse.
In his pre-eclipse briefing Dr John Mason had described that weather patterns in North Queensland and made it clear that there was no guarantee of clear skies for the event and having travelled almost ten thousand miles to this particular Pacific shore our nerve was put to the test as the sun rose out of the sea and into a sky with gathering clouds. First contact came and went with no clear view of the Sun and our hopes were looking forlorn as clouds threatened to spoil the show but as totality approached a clear gap appeared and the clouds seemed to be moving in the right direction and at the right speed to give us hope. With baited breath and much nail biting the seconds ticked by and with perhaps as little as a minute to second contact the Sun/Moon entered clear space. With the much anticipated totality upon us the elated crowd were treated to a truly stunning eclipse.
Talking after the eclipse astronomer Dr Mason commented "The Baily's Beads going in were really lovely. We had lots of prominences including a lovely arch prominence that became visible towards the end of the eclipse. The Diamond Ring was the thing that really made it for me because of the colours given to the first bead by the chromosphere - the whole beach went a pinky orange for a second or two, and the clouds around the eclipsed Sun caught the light. It was just wonderful.” He added “The corona was fairly typical for a solar maximum eclipse - bright and spiky all the way round, with lots of little prominences"
Some passengers took sophisticated equipment to photograph the eclipse in high definition whilst others were content to simply observe with their eyes. One passenger, Paul Whiting, recorded the temperature throughout the eclipse noting the brief drop in temperature at totality followed by a steep rise in temperature after third contact.
Explorers wish to thank all those who sent their images and to Chris Bowden and Nick James for their videos of the event.