Team Baader at the "Great American Eclipse" 2017

For years our colleagues Martin Rietze and Michael Risch have been hunting for the next solar eclipse in the most remote places in the world.

See e.g. our previous blog posts on

    • 2015: Solar Eclipse Adventure in Svalbard

      Martin Rietze and Michael Risch from Baader Planetarium – both solar eclipse chasers – have again traveled to the event and brought us impressive images and videos. Svalbard is one of the few islands where the path of totality on March 20th, 2015 crossed land. Its 1300km from North Pole Our chances for good weather were somewhere around 50% so it was more or less gambling flying there to see the Total Solar Eclipse...

  • 2016: Solar Eclipse on the Molucca Islands

    After last year´s amazing eclipse in arctic regions with -25 degrees Celsius a Team from Baader Planetarium (Martin Rietze, Michael Risch) experienced an extreme contrast at this year´s eclipse which took place in tropical regions on March 9th. 35 degrees Celsius and 80% humidity were predicted along the shadows path. We decided for the Molucca Islands between Sulawesi and New Guinea that belong to Indonesia. But beforehand we stopped over on Borneo to climb the 4.100m Mt. Kinabalu and experienced the phantastic nature...

This year, 2017, Martin Rietze (an eclipse enthusiast and passionate volcano photographer, see also was alone in the USA. Finding a secluded place without further spectators was almost impossible with this extremely popular solar eclipse. Still, with only about 20 other spectators on the mountain "Static Peak (at 3400 meters), Jackson Hole, Teton Range" he found a good place and brought back impressive pictures.
See below some pictures and a short video animation in low resolution. Download here the Video in original 4K-resolution.

Diamond Ring

Diamond Ring

Corona at the middle of totality (with Mercury shown)

Diamond Ring

Diamond Ring

360° Panorama

About the author: Martin Rietze

Martin Rietze

Martin has been an enthusiastic amateur astronomer for over 30 years. He has photographed 9 total solar eclipses and many other celestial objects, including many comets. From his countless trips abroad he brings back photos of the nightsky with fantastic scenery. His main passion, however, is volcano photography, for which he mainly travels around the world. His absolutely inspiring pictures can be found on his private website, one of his volcano pictures even made it to NASA APOD. Together with his colleague Michael Risch he has written chapters for "Color Foto" for the books Fotoschule (Photo School) and Extremfotografie (Extreme Photography).

As a trained electronic engineer, he is responsible at Baader Planetarium for the dome electronics and computer installation in observatories and research stations worldwide and has planned and built domes in the North Polar Circle and Antarctica. He is also very familiar with the CCD technology of DSLR cameras and all kinds of optics.

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