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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
 





Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone

-------- 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


Re: ISS Transit Time During Eclipse

Thomas Flatley
 

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: ISS Transit Time During Eclipse

vabeachdave
 

This website will be able to tell you. I use it a lot.

http://www.heavens-above.com

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



Eclipse

Kent Blackwell
 

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: ISS Transit Time During Eclipse

galacticprobe
 

I'm not sure of the exact time, but my son sent me this link that shows the ISS doing "the photo bomb of a lifetime":

https://qz.com/1058842/solar-eclipse-2017-photo-the-iss-just-pulled-off-the-photobomb-of-a-lifetime/?utm_source=atlfb

The short article doesn't give the time, but maybe someone can match up the Moon's coverage with the ISS' location and get a close approximate time from that.

Dino.


-----Original Message-----
From: flatleytf@... [backbayastro]
To: backbayastro
Sent: Wed, Aug 23, 2017 9:19 am
Subject: [backbayastro] ISS Transit Time During Eclipse

 
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


Help Needed at JEB Little Creek Library event on Saturday

Shawn Loescher
 

George Reynolds is the only one signed up for our Family Star Gazing event and could use some help if you're available. Unfortunately I will be out of town dropping off one of my children to start college and cannot attend. Details are below.


Shawn


Date: Saturday, 8/26/2017

Time: 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Family Star Gazing

Come join the Back Bay Amateur Astronomers and the JEB Little Creek Library for a night out under the stars for military members and their families. The Moon, Jupiter, and Saturn will be up this night. This outreach event will be held at the Eagle Haven Golf Course on JEB Little Creek . The rain date for this event is September 2nd 2017 from 8PM-10PM.


*Military ID or sponsorship needed for base access.


THIS EVENT IS WEATHER DEPENDENT: see website below for cancellation notices

https://nightsky.jpl.nasa.gov/club/event-view.cfm?Event_ID=85124



BBAA west report (that would be far west)

Ted Forte
 

Still on cloud 9 (and still on my way home).  Hali and I were in Casper Wyoming where the AstroCon had been on for the previous week.  We had magnificent weather 90% of the time we were there and, while high thin clouds were converging on the sun as totality approached, they didn’t obscure anything and we had a beautiful display.

I observed from the parking lot of the Ramkota hotel – there were dozens of sites set up throughout the town and the locals evidently gathered in the downtown area.  There were  about 200 people in the hotel parking lot.  My Arizona club was there in force and nine of the more than a dozen club members in town were in the lot with us. 

We had an area (about 12 parking spots) blocked off starting on Friday and had been holding solar viewing events each afternoon leading up to the eclipse.   We had a lot of visitors on eclipse day and were surrounded by other groups and many new friends added to the experience. 

Casper (population about 60,000) started their eclipse festival a week before eclipse day.  The town was eclipse crazy and went all out.  The downtown area was wall to wall party all week with outdoor entertainment on every corner and all of the bar patrons spilling out onto the streets which were blocked off to vehicle traffic and exempt from open container laws.  The party extended over several square blocks.  The crowds and the electric excitement increased each day and Sunday and Monday nights felt like Bourbon Street, New Orleans. 

The AstroCon started on the Wednesday before the eclipse and some of it actually lasted through Sunday (they usually pack up after the banquet on Saturday night).  The vendors stayed set up through Sunday morning.  The convention itself was in a hotel a few blocks from where I stayed but most of the AL people came to our hotel for a party on Sunday.  Some of you may remember Bob Gent (a former president of the League and a former president of the IDA).  Bob turned 70 on eclipse day (how cool was that?) and his wife set up a birthday party for him on Sunday that drew about 40 people.  

I’ve heard from about another dozen of my club members that observed the eclipse from Oregon to Nebraska and no one was clouded out.

Back in Sierra Vista several  of our members held an eclipse event that drew several hundred to the city library to see a 58% eclipsed sun.  they had good weather too (amazing since this is still monsoon).

I’ve heard from many of my BBAA friends already and so far, everyone reporting in had good weather and wonderful experiences, so I’m hoping that it was universal – with everyone that traveled to the centerline finding success.  It felt like we shared this event with the entire country and for three hours at least, the whole country was united and on the same page.  What a nice respite from the usual division and vitriol.

I’m writing from Denver where I’m about to leave for the airport to return to Tucson. I’ll be back home tomorrow.

Ted

 

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