Total Solar Eclipse - August 21, 2017

Submitted by jimwcoleman


I had been looking forward to the 2017 total solar eclipse since high school but back then, I didn't even think I'd be alive in 2017. But the years flew by and it was 2015 before I knew it. Yes, that's how early I started planning. Knowing that the path of totality would be congested, I made plans to travel to Idaho for the eclipse where we could share the event with family in a comfortable, familiar environment. I even scheduled the time off work two years before the event!

Here are some photos and a short video. They do not in any way capture the magic of the event but I hope a little of that does manage to carry through. I am already looking forward to 2024 because having seen one total solar eclipse, I'm now hooked. It's like Guinan said in the movie Star Trek - Generation - "Once you've been to the Nexus, you'll do anything - anything - to get back again."

This was my personal Nexus.


  • Photo of young man looking through telescope

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  • Photo of telescope setup in Idaho field

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  • Photo of broken Celestron AVX mount, taken hours before the total solar eclipse

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  • Photo of Jim and Ray repairing Celestron AVX mount

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  • Photo of eclipse through Backyard EOS software

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  • Photo of little solar eclipses on the ground

    One of the coolest things we observed were all the little moon-shaped eclipses scattered over… More

  • Photo of Uncle Ray and Aunt Elaine

    Prior to the eclipse, my uncle gruffed, "It's just an eclipse, I'll just watch it on tv." But… More

  • Photo of Partial solar eclipse

    Excitement was building as the moon blocked out more and more of the sun. Every total solar… More

  • Photo of tiny crescent sun

    By this point, the sunlight on the ground was taking on a more golden hue. It was still very… More

  • Photo of tiny sliver of sun

    My wife, Linda, got this shot of the last limb of the sun before the moon snuffed it out… More

  • Photo of total solar eclipse

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  • Photo of total solar eclipse

    My wife was shooting, too, and she got this photo of totality. There is a bit of ghosting on the… More

  • Photo of eclipse Diamond Ring effect

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  • Photo of Diamond Ring effect during 2017 total solar eclipse

    As totality ended, I got a few "Diamond Ring" shots. This one here is my favorite!