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Partial Eclipse 2013

Partial Solar Eclipse 2013 from Mark 'Indy' Kochte on Vimeo.

On November 3, 2013, there was a rare hybrid annular/total solar eclipse of the Sun. Unfortunately, the only places one could see totality was either in the Atlantic Ocean or in central Africa. For the East Coast of the United States, we were treated to a partial eclipse in progress as the Sun rose. Wanting as flat a horizon as I could get, I went out to the town of Chesapeake Beach on the Chesapeake Bay to catch sunrise eclipse. I had two cameras with me to shoot two time-lapse sequences of sunrise, a Nikon D7000 with an 18-105mm lens set to 105, and another Nikon D7000 with a 70-400mm lens set to 400. Other settings: ISO 100, f/8-f/11, aperture mode, time-lapse interval set to 5 seconds between exposures for the 400mm lensed camera, 10 seconds for the 105mm lensed camera (was supposed to be 5 also, but I goofed :-) ). Focus was set to manual, otherwise things would have been seriously wonked up (as it turned out, for some reason the 400 lens sequence bounced a few times during the course of the sequence, despite being on the heavier tripod and locked down pretty solidly).

As you watch the sunrise eclipse, notice that the silhouette of the Moon slowly shrinks as the Sun gets higher in the sky (more noticeable in the 400mm sequence). I had hoped to have gotten the entire length of the eclipse shot, but as I was driving out, a cloud deck formed and started spreading eastward. I was happy just to get the 15 minutes of eclipse that I could before the Sun went behind the clouds (the entire eclipse would otherwise have lasted 41 minutes for my area).

Joshua Tree Nights

Joshua Tree Nights from Mark 'Indy' Kochte on Vimeo.

This astro-lapse (night sky time-lapse) has been two years in the making. It was shot exclusively out in Joshua Tree National Park on two separate weekend visits to the Park, one in September, one in November (during the 2012 Leonid Meteor Shower). Since that time the images had sat dormant in an archive, waiting for me to get some time to devote to transforming them into this video. That time has finally come.

Due to the lateness in the year I was there, the Milky Way was setting into the light dome of Palm Springs and greater Los Angeles. Consequently, I only got one decent Milky Way sequence in the nights I shot.

At the time I was not traveling with a dolly rail set up, so was limited in the camera movements to using an Astrotrac astrophotography guiding system. However, the Astrotrac would only pan for about 90 minutes before reaching the end of it’s workable motion. Hence why there are a number of ‘still’, tripod-only sequences.

**Geeky Astro Details**

The bright star-like object that appears from behind a sky-silhouetted Joshua Tree at 0:15 is Jupiter. Jupiter also appears at 0:24, 0:38, and rises through the Arch near White Tanks Campground at 0:57.

The shadows that play across the rocks in the Arch sequence are from the moon setting behind the camera.

Venus makes an appearance at 0:50 and rises during the final sequence at 1:38

The star trails at 1:13 were created using StarStax. On the left side of the field of view at 1:19 you’ll note the appearance of a bright shaft of light. That was a minor fireball from the Leonid meteor shower. All the other streaks you see shoot across the field of view are planes.

The final sequence (at 1:28) features a classic instance of Zodiacal Light, the glow you see in the sky as the camera pans from right to left. It was *very* evident with the naked eye. It took me a while to figure out that it wasn’t light pollution from a distant town (of which there are no light domes in that direction from Joshua Tree), but rather an extremely vivid case of Zodiacal Light. (I have only seen it this bright once since during a trip to New Mexico in 2013)

The lights on the hill from 0:33 to 0:38 are of some night hikers a few miles away from where I was shooting.

**Geeky Tech Details**
Cameras used: Nikon D7000
ISOs: 3200
Exposure times: ranged from 15-25 seconds
Lens f-stop settings: ranged from f/2.8 (with the 14mm Rokinon) to f/3.5 (for the 18-105mm Nikon kit lens, in 18mm mode)
Post processing: Lightroom 5
Video creation and rendering: Final Cut Pro X
Hyperlapse motion courtesy of Astrotrac (www.astrotrac.com)

All sequences were shot within Joshua Tree National Park, some in Hidden Valley, some at White Tanks.

Music by Sarah Schachner (www.sarahschachner.com), “Firestorm”

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MISC. Disaster survival guides

How to Prepare for a Winter Storm

Disaster Preparedness for Livestock(PDF)

Earthquake Proof Your Home: How to Prepare Your Home and Property for an Earthquake

Hurricane Safety Checklists

This isn't exactly about safety, but it's got fantastic info for families
who want to learn more about weather and the powerful forces of nature.

Storm Spotting for Children: At-Home Meteorology

Bedroom Emergency Preparedness

Information on Bedroom Emergency Preparedness

The guide covers:
  • Strategies to assess and mitigate risks in the bedroom before disaster strikes

  • Tips on preparing an emergency response kit specific to the bedroomLI

    How to create an emergency communication plan for your family

    How to prepare your bedroom for various emergencies, including fire, earthquakes, tornadoes, and more

Infographic: Disaster preparedness essentials

Natural Disastrs


Avalanches they are one of the most dangerous natural disasters out there. "After one hour, only 1 in 3 victims buried in an avalanche is found alive. The most common causes of death are suffocation, wounds, and hypothermia"

Information on Avalanche Guide

Since natural disasters are a constant threat, it's important that we do everything we can to protect our families, our homes, and ourselves from their potentially devastating effects. That's exactly what my site is dedicated to inform the general public.

Information on Surviving a wildfire

Surviving a Wildfire

Flash Flood Safety and Damage Prevention Guide

Hurricane Safety Tips

Ultimate Guide to Drought Safety

How to Build a Storm Shelter

Information on How to Build a Storm Shelter

Tornado Safety Guide

How to Proactively Prepare for a Blizzard

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Suggestions for Green Living

Top 15 Green Home Improvements and their Costs – DIY Green Living Ideas

Greenhouse Essentials You Need To Know by HomeAdvisor

How to Compost at Home: A Beginner's Guide to DIY Fertilizer


SGS Sports Gear swag:Custom Sports Apparel & Gear Blog

Sustainability: Just a Business Trend? from Polyshot hot runner systems

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Angi's List

How to Host an At-Home Recycling Drive

What Can Be Recycled?: A List of 200+ Items

Being An Eco Friendly Pet Owner

Information on Being An Eco Friendly Pet Owner

A Complete Guide to Scrap Metal Recycling – Resource Page

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