My first total solar eclipse was viewed from an ideal location, the back garden of my home in Melbourne, Australia! It's not often that an eclipse path passes over a large city (over 2 million people), but it happened one afternoon in October 1976. I was totally (no pun intended) unprepared for it and spent a lot of time fiddling about trying to get images of the partial phases on black and white film! I enjoyed seeing totality with my eyes through a break in the clouds and the memories will last forever. I took a couple of black and white shots during totality using a 200mm lens hand held, but they are not suitable for display here.
Other observers were better prepared and I was able to purchase some images afterwards for posterity.
|A view of totality showing the inner corona and a few prominences (Not original to the author).|