Solar Eclipse

Time-lapse solar eclipse video from Ucon, Idaho

Submitted by jimwcoleman
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Watch the total solar eclipse from the farmlands of Idaho! Including time lapse videos of the actual eclipse, and also from a stationary camera that captures the landscape and environment during the eclipse, this video shows some of what it was like. Of course, as the saying goes, you had to be there. No video can truly capture the magic of that event.

Getting ready for the August eclipse!

Submitted by jimwcoleman

It's time to start honing your skills and preparing your equipment for the August, 2017 total solar eclipse. Even though it won't be TOTAL where I live (Seattle area), a significant portion of the sun will be eclipsed by the moon. Here is a trial run I did today. Not a lot of sunspot activity, but I did see one. :) 

I am using the Thousand Oaks solar filter that arrived in the mail last week. Not a problem with it - highly recommended... And they are in Kingman, Arizona! Another plus for them, with me being an Arizona native. :)

ISS Solar transit - 08/26/16

Submitted by jimwcoleman

I got lucky and was able to catch a solar transit of the ISS. This shot was taken with a Canon 60D DSLR camera at prime focus on an 8" Meade LX200R, using a Baader solar filter. I also have video, which I will post later. This is a still shot from the video. :)

Note: Living in the Pacific Northwest, I had to shoot this through a cover of fir trees ... you can see the branches in this photo - I was so lucky that at the last moment, the sun came out and I was able to get a shot ...

Preparations for the May 9 Mercury transit

Submitted by jimwcoleman

Tomorrow morning, May 9, Mercury will transit the face of the sun. Living near Seattle, the weather forecast is not promising, but I did just catch a break in the clouds and got my solar equipment dialed in. Sunspots are sparse right now. This is how the sun looked today at 10:20 p.m. UTC over Port Orchard, Washington. Tomorrow, I hope to photograph the Mercury transit. At least I'm prepared.
Orion 8" Astrograph Newtonian on Celestron AVX mount, Canon 60D, Baader MPCC coma corrector.

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