The photos of the solar eclipse were made on the 11th of
August 1999 near Weißenburg (W-Germany, Baden Baden) 30 km western
The reason to visit this locality was purely the domestic
weather forecast, which prognosticated catastrophic conditions in
Oberbayern at this day. Raimund Fröhling the former
the air base Fuerstenfeldbruck gave us at least a small chance for a
seeing if we would evade in western direction. Thus, Jens Augustin
and I arrived in the evening of the 8.10.99 at the French border.
The night still asterisk clear, a cold horror did overcame me as I
examined the weather conditions around 9:00 clock in
the morning. An impenetrable grey, five layers one upon the other
were killing my ‘solar eclipse euphoria’ soon.
It was around 10:30 when we had breakfast in a rural
restaurant with an eastern line of sight. This let assume that I
made innumerable runs around the house to swear to the approaching
weather conditions coming from the west. Hopeless!!! 11:00,
frustration and not the smallest bright spot. Still twelve minutes
to the first contact and one and a half hour to the totality.
discovering a pale shine through the dense layers
in the far distance!!
at a straw I hoped that this weak light point near
the horizon may come still to us. After hurrying to the car we met
after a short drive to a little hill also very frustrated observers.
But anyhow the clarification in the clouds came slowly to our stand
disbelievingly we recognised through smallest cloud gaps the
beginning sun cover by the moon. Slammed somehow I placed the Newton
reflector on the meadow