|These comparisons were made with selected frames from the same Digital 8 video recording I used in the MPEG movie clip on my homepage. I oriented them north-up with the aid of the excellent Pic du Midi Observatory online archive, which includes a H alpha coronograph taken at 13:10:34 UT on 2001 June 21 (click here for image). For reference points I used the prominences in the coronagraph that were also visible in my images. With the compositing transformation function in Picture Window Pro 3, I registered the images (2-point rotate and scale) and then placed tick marks at the north and south points of the lunar limb. I registered the resulting image again, this time with Figure 8 (The Lunar Limb Profile) from Espenak's and Anderson's eclipse bulletin (see accreditation above). Finally I performed an absolute difference composite which gives the effect of the figure overlaying the image.
For determining contact times I used the standard Espenak gives in his Fifty Year Canon of Solar Eclipses: 1986-2035 (page 16); i.e., there is no totality "as long as any photospheric rays reach the observer through valleys along the lunar limb". Thus my second contact time is appreciably later than in the predictions. Third contact, however, is very close. This may be because third contact occurs in relatively smoother terrain.