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Re: Eclipse

vabeachdave
 

It took me 12 hours to get home after the eclipse. 95 and 58 were parking lots too. :(

On Aug 26, 2017 8:37 AM, "kent@... [backbayastro]" <backbayastro@...> wrote:
 

Judy, Bob and I tried driving home as well. I have never seen I-20 amd I-95 backed up 200 miles! Finally, Uncle Kent found a $50 hotel with his trusty iPhone near Pedro's South of the Border (PLEASE!!!) amd we checked in. That $50 room was worth $500! We were all so wound up anyway (can you image me wound up?) so it was great to get a full night sleep before heading home the next day.

Bob and I are looking into 2019's eclipse. Looks like The South Pacific near Easter Island might be ideal but we've been there for a previous eclipse and the cruise prices are sky h



Re: Eclipse

Kent Blackwell
 

Judy, Bob and I tried driving home as well. I have never seen I-20 amd I-95 backed up 200 miles! Finally, Uncle Kent found a $50 hotel with his trusty iPhone near Pedro's South of the Border (PLEASE!!!) amd we checked in. That $50 room was worth $500! We were all so wound up anyway (can you image me wound up?) so it was great to get a full night sleep before heading home the next day.

Bob and I are looking into 2019's eclipse. Looks like The South Pacific near Easter Island might be ideal but we've been there for a previous eclipse and the cruise prices are sky h


Re: U.S. Space and Rocket Center

Kent Blackwell
 

That's awesome. I'll never, EVER forget going in K&K Toys in Military Mall Shopping Center in the seventies amd asking if they had a full scale replica of The Saturn 5 rocket. The cute little sales girl replied, "Let me check in the back and see." I said, "Oh, if it's there you'd know it."

See, I've been a smart a** for a long time.

Kent Blackwell


FAMILY NIGHT at Little Creek

BBAA President
 

From: president@... backbayastro:

ONLY two people signed up!

Need a couple more scopes!

Upcoming Back Bay Amateur Astronomers Event:

Sat 8/26/2017 8 PM - 10 PM
Family Star Gazing, Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek Library, Virginia Beach, VA Setup 7:30 PM
More details

Come out, last time was a lot of fun and the skies were surprisingly OK!

Chuck Jagow
Back Bay Amateur Astronomers

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For Sale 8" DOB

Dale Carey
 

 

Description

Based on your feedback

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Re: Help Needed at JEB Little Creek Library event on Saturday

VegaGaze
 

The event on Little Creek earlier in the year was excellent. I'm sorry to say that I can't help out this time around. Hopefully there are some more folks with base access that can sign up.
Leigh Anne


Eclipse

Dale Carey
 

Kent, now I know why you chase eclipse's every chance you get. That was a sight to remember the rest of my life.

My trip started out with 2 days of camping at Santee State Park, S.C. My wife Connie and 2 of our grandkids, Emma (13)
and Aislyn  9 , . I left the campsite and drove to the observing area which was the day use, picnic area of the park.
They let me park my camper in the observing area where I could set up my equipment. At 9am 1/2 of the park was already full.
By 11 am there was over 350 people with blankets, instant set up canopies and umbrella's. All the covered picnic tables had been grabbed
and the smell of cook outs were all around. I set up my Coronado 60mm double stack, my 80mm with a yellow filter and my video
camera with 1/2 of a pair of solar glasses over the lens. I was the only person with a HA and the word spread all around the field.
Sometimes the line was 20/25 people long wanting to look. About 2 dozen people moved their stuff next to me so the could
keep looking through my scope. Made a bunch of new friends. When the time came everyone was up and ready. Even knowing what
was about to take place, I was still blown away.  I made a 2 min. video that I posted on our facebook page. 
It took 8 hrs to get there, 14hrs to get home. I should have booked one more night at the campground.
If I'm still able I will go to the 2024 event.
Dale
 


U.S. Space and Rocket Center

Roy Diffrient
 

It was a beautiful day in Huntsville yesterday.  In a way it felt as if I was coming home, even though I didn’t recognize many landmarks.  Lots of changes here in 50 years, as you might imagine.
 
The attached photo shows the tail end of the A12 (photo sent yesterday), with the Space Center Visitor Entrance building on the left and the mighty Saturn V towering in the background, more than 100 yards away.  That red and white flag is the Alabama state flag.
 
The Space Center includes things you just won’t see elsewhere, like a Space Shuttle fully assembled with external tank and solid rocket boosters.  If you get the chance, I completely recommend it.  But there is much more here than the Shuttle and Saturn V.  We had a long full day here and still didn’t see nearly everything.
 
I found that I was still completely gobsmacked by the Saturn V, just as I was when I first saw it up close.  The full, complete hardware is horizontal and safe inside a building, with many other Apollo program exhibits.  It’s the real deal, with all the electronics modules and wiring intact.  Unlike the one in Florida, which when I was there seemed to have no wiring and fake modules.  The outside vertical Saturn V display was built for the purpose and is much stronger and more weather resistant.
 
Roy
 
 


Re: The Great American Eclipse

Paul
 

I was in Philadelphia for totality. Philadelphia, Tennessee, that is. I shared the experience with my two oldest daughters. We stayed at an airbnb campout in a rural location, 15 min outside of Sweetwater. There were around 50 other campers and the setting reminded me a lot of an ECSP.  The weather could not have been better, no clouds at all. I am still in awe from the experience of totality. It was way different (and way better) than I expected. Such a wonderful, mystical, other-worldly experience. I was so swept away by the Corona that I forgot to look for shadow bands, shadow racing away, etc. I am glad I brought my scope as the spectacular view of the Corona and fiery prominences was quite unforgettable. My daughters loved it. What an experience! The 1100+ mile drive, hours of post-eclipse traffic jams were certainly worth it!.

On Thu, Aug 24, 2017 at 8:37 AM, kent@... [backbayastro] <backbayastro@...> wrote:
 

I hope you watched Nova's, The Great American Eclipse" on PBS Wednesday night. It's a terrific documentary. Be sure to catch it when and if it's repeated. Maybe it can be streamed. Check on PBS'S Web site.

PS. I think it would be interesting if everyone who traveled to totality would tell us where you were. If like to add it to my notes about the eclipse.

Robert Hitt, Judy Winstead and I were at Broad River Canal Riverfront Park on the outskirts of Columbia SC with about 60 eclipse chasers. I heard the main park of the park wss host to 30,000!

Kent Blackwell



Re: The Great American Eclipse

bob414
 

My brother has a lake house at Johnson Chapel Recreation Park on Center Hill lake near Sparta, TN,  4 miles south of Eclipse centerline.

 

I asked 2 and a half years ago. if we could visit Aug.21, 2017 and he said we were more than welcome.  Lynne and I with my daughter started our visit with my brother and his wife on Saturday.  We had a great time visiting, skiing  and swimming in the lake.  He also has 20 to 30 hummingbirds who kept us entertained from his porch, my daughter and I had had a great time getting them to drink from a cup in hands and taking pictures and movies.

 

So on Monday the day of the Eclipse we also had another brothers and my sister and their families joined us at the lake house.  We had several of my brother’s neighborhood friends join us for a approx. count of 30 in our little group for a cookout on the lake.  There were approx. 50 others in the park with us.  Reports from other parks on the lake reported jammed packed attendance, but we were not crowded at all.

 

I brought my 8” CPC 800 and 10X80 binoculars, both solar filtered.  A Lunt 50 Ha Solar Telescope and a 70MM with a solar funnel.  

 

We had very good weather and viewing, just a few clouds between C1 and C2, the rest was really clear skies.  Everybody was in AWE with the total eclipse, words lack the intense meaning of what everyone saw and tried in vain to describe. One of the biggest hits was the solar funnel, I positioned it so pictures of  the funnel image could be in a picture with them beside.it.

 

We even caught the solar bands rippling on a white sheet, immediately after the total Eclipse.

 

I got some decent pictures of the C1 to C3 on my DSLR with a 300MM lens, but my computer battery died after that.  I posted them to Photos 
"Eclipse 2017" on the VPAS group.

 

I also have them in my dropbox, and can provide the link for full resolution photos upon request.

 

Following my late Dad’s advice, “Fish and relatives both start to stink in 4 days”, “Come often and don’t stay so long”, we left my brother’s on Wednesday thankful we able to miss most on the exiting traffic with a memory that will last a lifetime.

 

Bob

 

 

 

From: backbayastro@... [mailto:backbayastro@...]
Sent: Thursday, August 24, 2017 8:48 AM
To: backbayastro@...
Subject: [backbayastro] The Great American Eclipse

 

 

I hope you saw Nova's, The Great American Eclipse Wednesday night on PBS. Be sure to catch it when and if it's repeated. Maybe it can be streamed. Check on PBS'S Web site.

I think it would be interesting if everyone who traveled to totality would tell us where you were.

Robert Hitt, Judy Winstead and I went to Broad River Canal Riverfront Park on the outskirts of Columbia SC. I heard the other end of the park had over 30,000 people watching the eclipse! We only had about 60 fellow eclipse chasers, and that was a perfect size crowd. Each enjoyed viewing through my scope. I had two refractors mounted piggyback.

We hope to incorporate our video and my stills in tonight's planetarium show at the Chesapeake Planetarium. It's already sold out but we start a standby list at 7:30 pm when our doors open, with no guarantee you'll get in. The sho


SR-71/A12 at Huntsville

Roy Diffrient
 

This A12 (basically same as an SR-71) is at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, Huntsville. It's freshly painted and gorgeous. It's an outside static display unfortunately with no cockpit access, but there's room to admire it. Best of all, you don't even have to pay admission to get close. The attached is a panorama shot - hope it comes thru.

Roy


2017 Eclipse, and ISS transit

galacticprobe
 

A friend of mine just sent me a link to the NASA web site that talks about the ISS transiting the sun during the eclipse last Saturday:

https://www.nasa.gov/image-feature/international-space-station-transits-the-sun

https://www.nasa.gov/image-feature/iss-transit-during-2017-solar-eclipse

So I guess that was the ISS after all, and not the Hubble.

Dino.


The Great American Eclipse

Kent Blackwell
 

I hope you saw Nova's, The Great American Eclipse Wednesday night on PBS. Be sure to catch it when and if it's repeated. Maybe it can be streamed. Check on PBS'S Web site.

I think it would be interesting if everyone who traveled to totality would tell us where you were.

Robert Hitt, Judy Winstead and I went to Broad River Canal Riverfront Park on the outskirts of Columbia SC. I heard the other end of the park had over 30,000 people watching the eclipse! We only had about 60 fellow eclipse chasers, and that was a perfect size crowd. Each enjoyed viewing through my scope. I had two refractors mounted piggyback.

We hope to incorporate our video and my stills in tonight's planetarium show at the Chesapeake Planetarium. It's already sold out but we start a standby list at 7:30 pm when our doors open, with no guarantee you'll get in. The sho


The Great American Eclipse

Kent Blackwell
 

I hope you watched Nova's, The Great American Eclipse" on PBS Wednesday night. It's a terrific documentary. Be sure to catch it when and if it's repeated. Maybe it can be streamed. Check on PBS'S Web site.

PS. I think it would be interesting if everyone who traveled to totality would tell us where you were. If like to add it to my notes about the eclipse.

Robert Hitt, Judy Winstead and I were at Broad River Canal Riverfront Park on the outskirts of Columbia SC with about 60 eclipse chasers. I heard the main park of the park wss host to 30,000!

Kent Blackwell


Re: ISS Transit Time During Eclipse

galacticprobe
 

For what it's worth, after looking at the images on the site my son sent me (I forwarded that link here), I don't think it's the ISS either. That thing looks more like the Hubble than the ISS. Last photos I saw of the actual ISS, it had loads more solar panels and modular arms on it than the - as of now "UFO" - in those images.

And before anyone starts rolling their eyes at the mention of "UFO"... that does not mean it's some alien ship watching us; it means it's an object, flying in the sky, that's currently unidentified: ergo, an unidentified flying object.

It still looks more like the Hubble than the ISS to me.

Dino.


-----Original Message-----
From: Thomas Flatley flatleytf@... [backbayastro]
To: BBAA
Sent: Wed, Aug 23, 2017 4:42 pm
Subject: Re: [backbayastro] ISS Transit Time During Eclipse

 
Thanks,
Heavens Above is the closest I come to getting a good time hack but still not confident ISS is what I saw momentarilycross my FOV approx.1600 (L) in Va Bch. 

On Wed, Aug 23, 2017 at 2:10 PM, David Manvell vabeachdave@... [backbayastro] <backbayastro@...> wrote:
 
This website will be able to tell you. I use it a lot.


First thing you need to do when you go to the website is on the left side set your viewing observing location. GPS coordinates or whatever. Then from the left side choose ISS and it will list the next 10 days worth of passes. You'll want to hit the left Arrow above it to go back in time to the 21st August.

It's a great website tracks asteroids satellites iridium flares pretty much all that kind of stuff. It will draw the maps out and everything for you if you click on the actual times

On Aug 23, 2017 9:19 AM, "flatleytf@... [backbayastro]" <backbayastro@...> wrote:
 
Does anyone have the time that ISS transited during the eclipse. I want to verify what I saw in my scope was what I think it was. Out of all the websites that have the ISS transit on it, I can't find a time stamp.
Thanks,
Tom


Re: Eclipse

charles jagow
 

Myself and about ten members were in Anderson SC, under a stubborn cloud.

 

Member #1495 – Norfolk County Rifle Range

 

From: BBAA on behalf of BBAA
Reply-To: BBAA
Date: Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at 7:02 PM
To: BBAA
Subject: RE: [backbayastro] Eclipse

 

 

Where were you Chuck?

 

Ted

 

From: backbayastro@... [mailto:backbayastro@...]
Sent: Wednesday, August 23, 2017 3:48 PM
To: BBAA
Subject: Re: [backbayastro] Eclipse

 

 

Great Eclipse shots Kent.

 

I would have some amazing ones I am sure, but all I got was cloud bottoms.

 

Member #1495 – Norfolk County Rifle Range

 

From: BBAA on behalf of BBAA
Reply-To: BBAA
Date: Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at 2:08 PM
To: BBAA
Subject: [backbayastro] Eclipse

 

 

OK, I apologize; I can't stop thinking about what we saw Monday.

I just posted three images I shot. See my Solar Eclipse folder. Note the sun's chromosphere in 2nd contact. Some thin clouds actually muted the corona a bit, allowing the brighter pinkish chromosphere to show up.

The sky cleared completely after 2nd contact. Look at the corona at what I call "Cat Ears" in the 3:00 position in the mid-totality picture. I saw a simply pattern in the 1991 México eclipse. That one was a whopping 7 minutes of totality, but they all seem to last just seconds anyway, agreed?

3rd contact shows not only the Diamond Ring but a vivid red chromosphere as well.

But NO picture...absolutely NONE can compare with what the human eye sees during a total solar eclipse. That's why I always preach don't waste time taking pictures. After all, I only took 400.

Kent Blackwell


Re: Eclipse

Mprzytula
 





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-------- Original message --------
From: "'Ted Forte' tedforte511@... [backbayastro]" <backbayastro@...>
Date: 8/23/17 7:02 PM (GMT-05:00)
To: backbayastro@...
Subject: RE: [backbayastro] Eclipse

 

Where were you Chuck?

 

Ted

 

From: backbayastro@... [mailto:backbayastro@...]
Sent: Wednesday, August 23, 2017 3:48 PM
To: BBAA <backbayastro@...>
Subject: Re: [backbayastro] Eclipse

 

 

Great Eclipse shots Kent.

 

I would have some amazing ones I am sure, but all I got was cloud bottoms.

 

Member #1495 – Norfolk County Rifle Range

 

From: BBAA <backbayastro@...> on behalf of BBAA <backbayastro@...>
Reply-To: BBAA <backbayastro@...>
Date: Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at 2:08 PM
To: BBAA <backbayastro@...>
Subject: [backbayastro] Eclipse

 

 

OK, I apologize; I can't stop thinking about what we saw Monday.

I just posted three images I shot. See my Solar Eclipse folder. Note the sun's chromosphere in 2nd contact. Some thin clouds actually muted the corona a bit, allowing the brighter pinkish chromosphere to show up.

The sky cleared completely after 2nd contact. Look at the corona at what I call "Cat Ears" in the 3:00 position in the mid-totality picture. I saw a simply pattern in the 1991 México eclipse. That one was a whopping 7 minutes of totality, but they all seem to last just seconds anyway, agreed?

3rd contact shows not only the Diamond Ring but a vivid red chromosphere as well.

But NO picture...absolutely NONE can compare with what the human eye sees during a total solar eclipse. That's why I always preach don't waste time taking pictures. After all, I only took 400.

Kent Blackwell


Re: Eclipse

Ted Forte
 

Where were you Chuck?

 

Ted

 

From: backbayastro@... [mailto:backbayastro@...]
Sent: Wednesday, August 23, 2017 3:48 PM
To: BBAA
Subject: Re: [backbayastro] Eclipse

 

 

Great Eclipse shots Kent.

 

I would have some amazing ones I am sure, but all I got was cloud bottoms.

 

Member #1495 – Norfolk County Rifle Range

 

From: BBAA on behalf of BBAA
Reply-To: BBAA <backbayastro@...>
Date: Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at 2:08 PM
To: BBAA
Subject: [backbayastro] Eclipse

 

 

OK, I apologize; I can't stop thinking about what we saw Monday.

I just posted three images I shot. See my Solar Eclipse folder. Note the sun's chromosphere in 2nd contact. Some thin clouds actually muted the corona a bit, allowing the brighter pinkish chromosphere to show up.

The sky cleared completely after 2nd contact. Look at the corona at what I call "Cat Ears" in the 3:00 position in the mid-totality picture. I saw a simply pattern in the 1991 México eclipse. That one was a whopping 7 minutes of totality, but they all seem to last just seconds anyway, agreed?

3rd contact shows not only the Diamond Ring but a vivid red chromosphere as well.

But NO picture...absolutely NONE can compare with what the human eye sees during a total solar eclipse. That's why I always preach don't waste time taking pictures. After all, I only took 400.

Kent Blackwell


Re: Eclipse

uwicb
 

Nice shots Kent, it was a terrific experience ... Cheers Ian


Re: Eclipse

charles jagow
 

Great Eclipse shots Kent.

 

I would have some amazing ones I am sure, but all I got was cloud bottoms.

 

Member #1495 – Norfolk County Rifle Range

 

From: BBAA on behalf of BBAA <backbayastro@...>
Reply-To: BBAA
Date: Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at 2:08 PM
To: BBAA
Subject: [backbayastro] Eclipse

 

 

OK, I apologize; I can't stop thinking about what we saw Monday.

I just posted three images I shot. See my Solar Eclipse folder. Note the sun's chromosphere in 2nd contact. Some thin clouds actually muted the corona a bit, allowing the brighter pinkish chromosphere to show up.

The sky cleared completely after 2nd contact. Look at the corona at what I call "Cat Ears" in the 3:00 position in the mid-totality picture. I saw a simply pattern in the 1991 México eclipse. That one was a whopping 7 minutes of totality, but they all seem to last just seconds anyway, agreed?

3rd contact shows not only the Diamond Ring but a vivid red chromosphere as well.

But NO picture...absolutely NONE can compare with what the human eye sees during a total solar eclipse. That's why I always preach don't waste time taking pictures. After all, I only took 400.

Kent Blackwell

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