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. :)

Submitted by swingin on Fri, 06/23/2017 - 16:09

Pretty cool Jim! I bought the same filter for my C-11, not a lot going on with the sun lately. Solar minimum is coming so there won't be as much activity as there has been in the past years. Still, the sun changes every day so it's pretty interesting to watch.

The eclipse will be to early for me to photograph with my Solarmax 90 solar scope, but I may try to rig something up to my 13" white light filter, we'll see. 


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