Aug 23

As I noted on Facebook recently, four hours doesn’t seem like a long time, but when you are sitting in 90 degree heat, praying the clouds will let you peek through every time they pass by, peering into a screen hooded by a cardboard box, four hours can seem like forever, or the blink of an eye…

Set up and ready

Set up and ready

Even though I was fighting the clouds, I think we had a beautiful show Monday. Sure I would have loved to be in the path of totality, but this gave me a different challenge, and I loved it. And 2024 is right around the corner and we are in the path of totality for that one, so I/we will be ready.

If reading this next paragraph starts to make your eyes glaze over, that’s OK… ignore it.  A couple people have asked, I used a 400mm telescope with an 80mm aperture, I had a Canon T3i camera with a Canon 2X Extender on it and was shooting from the laptop using the Canon EOS utility software.  The telescope mount in the picture above is a homemade equatorial mount, well close to an equatorial mount, as the original tripod mount does not allow for a DSLR camera to be attached  to a T-adapter at the rear of the telescope.  The filter is one I made using ISO approved Solar film from Thousand Oaks Optical, and an adapter ring to allow me to screw the filter onto the tube extension of the telescope.

Here are a few of the shots I have processed so far. I will be processing more and will post them as them permits. Note the string of sunspots that are visible in some of the shots, and there are a couple more sunspots coming into view on the left edge.

The eclipse started here at 13:02 local (Eastern), maximum was at 14:29 and ended at 15:51.  we had partly cloudy skies, but except for at the very end I was able to get some really nice pictures I think.

Just underway 13:03:57

Just underway 13:03:57

 

Well started, 13:18:20

Well started, 13:18:20

 

Under way 13:41:34

Under way 13:41:34

 

Almost there 14:17:14

Almost there 14:17:14

 

Maximum 14:29:17

Maximum 14:29:17

 

Receding 14:43:43

Receding 14:43:43

 

Halfway home 15:15:44

Halfway home 15:15:44

 

Almost finished 15:41:34

Almost finished 15:41:34

 

Near the end 15:45:36

Near the end 15:45:36

I was not able to capture the last touch of the moon on the face of the sun because the clouds moved in, but I used those clouds to gave me a chance to play, and some of those shots, they are cool… Here is a taste of the beauty that the clouds provided along with the eclipse.  Some of the clouds we were dodging were highlighted by the sun even while covering it…

Clouds in the beginning

Clouds in the beginning

 

Highs and lows

Highs and lows

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