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Full solar eclipse

Postby jackarabit » August 21st, 2017, 4:50 pm

Big deal in the CONUS. Did you view? Do you live in the totality path or did you travel to get there? Did you see sunspots or the ISS transiting before totality? Equipment or method of observation?

I had my 8' reflector w/ solar filter and binocs reversed on a foto tripod as a focuser for a camera obscura projection on to the lid of a banker box. Didn't rig the scope for fotos but took a couple thru a 30mm widefield lens on the reflector with my ipod and made drawings of sunspot location every 15' from 2 to 4 local time.
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Re: Full solar eclipse

Postby Citroen » August 21st, 2017, 7:22 pm

I got this one in Crossville, TN, That was with a Nikon D40 with 18-55 zoom lens. Picked the image out of the middle with a photo editor before sticking it on Twitter.

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Re: Full solar eclipse

Postby jackarabit » August 21st, 2017, 8:27 pm

You are a serious dragon chaser, Doug!

Freehand thru the objective with the ipod:

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Camera obscura projection: (8x10 glasses resolved the sunspots in the projected image! Wasn't certain until I jiggled the banker box.)

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Re: Full solar eclipse

Postby Steve W » August 21st, 2017, 9:07 pm

jackarabit wrote:Big deal in the CONUS. Did you view? Do you live in the totality path or did you travel to get there? Did you see sunspots or the ISS transiting before totality? Equipment or method of observation?

I had my 8' reflector w/ solar filter and binocs reversed on a foto tripod as a focuser for a camera obscura projection on to the lid of a banker box. Didn't rig the scope for fotos but took a couple thru a 30mm widefield lens on the reflector with my ipod and made drawings of sunspot location every 15' from 2 to 4 local time.


Sorry, no pics, but watched it with students at my elementary school in St. Louis, MO. Luckily, clouds were minimal and the oooos and aaaahs from students were cute. 99.8% coverage, so got an early evening kind of dark. Cicada's chirping, tempature drop of approx 10 degrees, etc. Some students remarked that they would see another eclipse in 2024. Asked them 'what if it's cloudy :? Fun stuff!
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Re: Full solar eclipse

Postby DavidA » August 22nd, 2017, 2:39 pm

jackarabit wrote:You are a serious dragon chaser, Doug!

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Very nice image with the camera obscura.

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Re: Full solar eclipse

Postby DavidA » August 22nd, 2017, 2:41 pm

A friend and I also traveled to TN to see it. Absolutely amazing!! Very large temperature drop.
Going back home wasn't so fun :( (4.5 h to get there - 10 h to get back.)

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Re: Full solar eclipse

Postby Loranga » August 24th, 2017, 3:00 am

A "friend of a friend" is a professional photographer and he went to Brasstown Valley Resort, Georgia.
He hasen't uploaded any photos of the solar eclipse yet, but you can se some of his great work from my hometown here:

http://www.astrofotografen.se/Gallery.aspx
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Re: Full solar eclipse

Postby GFE » September 16th, 2017, 2:26 am

Citroen wrote:I got this one in Crossville, TN, That was with a Nikon D40 with 18-55 zoom lens. Picked the image out of the middle with a photo editor before sticking it on Twitter.

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Re: Full solar eclipse

Postby Citroen » September 16th, 2017, 6:16 am

Doing it with with an 18mm - 55mm lens wasn't easy. I'll probably try to get something bigger for 8th April 2024 in Dallas, TX.
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