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Total Eclipse 4/8/2024

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I was wiped out after yesterday even though everything went fantastic! I guess it's the mental strain of planning, deciding where to go and then keeping your fingers crossed that you get to see totality! My grandson Carter came along with my wife Sherry and we simply drove about 20 minutes west from my house and parked in a Walmart shopping center. I had my Lunt SS, the Seestar and my Canon 7D on an iOptron Startracker for pictures with a remote shutter release. We had high clouds and at times some larger clouds threatened our view of totality but we also witnessed something I had read about that as the sun got closer to totality clouds would dissipate as the temperature dropped. There was a large cloud headed right for the sun about 2 minutes before totality and Carter and I watched it simply disappear! The high clouds remained so getting a sharp image of the Diamond Rings didn't turn out great and I could not quite pull the structure out of the Corona as I did in 2017, but it was a beautiful totality nonetheless! Carter and I both were amazed at the sharpness, visually, of the 2nd Diamond Ring. It was also interesting, since we were on the southern border of totality and only got 1 1/2 minutes of it, how dark the sky was to the North compared to the south. Didn't have time to take a panorama but it was just striking!

Also got to do some outreach with 3 women from various parts of the US, and a father and his 3 young ones that set up near us. The one woman traveled to see eclipses prior to this one but had never looked through an Ha scope so her group kept coming over to take looks through the Lunt. The father and his kids just looked up from the eyepiece with their mouths open! It was great fun and we had no problems with traffic. Not the most picturesque locale but it certainly served its purpose!

The little Seestar was great for following the partial phases and I even caught some Bailey's Beads and that large triangular prom through the solar filter. I watched the phases on my phone and would simply take a quick photo from time to time, but ended up using the partial shots from my Canon for the composite image.

Whew, glad I got a good night's sleep last night! Oh yeah, and now rain for the next 4 days, but that's OK!

Yours truly with grandson Carter all set to go
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My wife Sherry enjoying some sun time!
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And we have contact!
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Partial phase with the Seestar
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Cloud threatening totality
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And disappearing!
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Totality!
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2nd Diamond Ring
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Composite
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Bailey's Beads and Prom with the Seestar
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Hi Warren,

Excellent and for sure you had fun. Even I had fun and just being a partial eclipse at my location.


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Wow! These images are wonderful!
I was interested to read in your caption that the drop in temperature is perhaps the cause of the clouds clearing as totality approached. I watched the coverage on BBC News (because I was enjoying people's reactions) and was struck by the number of people from quite a few locations saying that the sky suddenly cleared as totality approached so it occurred to me that it was no coincidence. Some of the people interviewed held the belief that Mother Nature and people of religious significance cleared the cloud. I guess it doesn't matter who or what the influence was so long as the clouds cleared!
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Thanks Rainer and Nic! It was a great time and I can now count 2 for 2 on eclipses! My brother did get to see totality through breaks in the clouds down in Texas but he should have stayed in his backyard in Ohio! He's now 5 for 6.


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Great set! I'm glad you had success and had a good time with your family.
Nothing but clouds here for what would have been about 70%.

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Thanks Kevin! It was a great day!


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Nice set of images Warren - well done. Looks like you had a good time.
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Thanks John!


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Warren,
That looked really fun. I can feel the energy in your descriptions! And setting up in a Walmart parking lot sounds like something I would do. I would have guessed you would have had a good outreach opportunity there. I am surprised you were not swamped!

Your images look really nice too.

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I think the stories and surrounding photos are just as good if not better than the eclipse itself. I thoroughly enjoyed your story Warren. I can imagine exactly how you feel and sometimes you don't realise till afterwards how stressful it was.

I love the SeeStar Bailey's beads and prom, that is phenomenal :bow :hamster: :bow and all the rest too!

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PS, I am at 50% eclipse success, 1 cloudy, one clear :)


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Fab eclipse session, Warren. Nothing like doing this with family, you will remember it forever. Great shots with Seestar and other scopes.

Franco :D


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Thanks James, Alexandra and Franco! I finally figured out why I didn’t capture the Diamond Ring as I had hoped. I wanted to stay visual since I only had 90 seconds of totality so I blindly changed the ISO on my camera to take shots after taking the filter off. Instead of going to a low ISO it ended up on Auto (I turned the little wheel one click too many!) so it greatly overexposed the image. On the flip side it did allow me to capture that extended faint Corona area!


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Thanks Paul!


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A great story and very nice results, Warren.

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Thanks Stu!


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Great to see your results Warren, and also nice to see that others had an opportunity to get views with you. Well done :bow

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Thanks Brian, looking forward to your pics!


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