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Hi everyone...

Time has been limited since I returned home from the week in Mazatlan Mexico to have a combination late winter holiday and view of the eclipse.

We had more cloud than I realized at the time, but the day was still top notch. The cloud limited the attempts to capture the outer corona but the partial phases and totality shots with the proms turned out nicely.

We vacationed at the Riu Emerald Bay, located just north of the city of Mazatlan...the pic bellow shows the skies pre-eclipse:
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I traveled with astronomy friends that I have known over 30 years, and we scoped out the resort grounds the day we arrived and found a nice grassed area on the east side of the resort complex. We also had to find resort staff to arrange to have the irrigation sprinklers shout down for the day. The timer had them starting up around 11am :shock: The pics below show us setup, though for some reason my wife didn't get a pic of the group of us together :o I'm just out of frame on the left of the first pic:
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We had a number of locations around us that showed the crescent phases cast in the shadows though the palm tress:
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My core pics were taken during totality and through to the baileys beads/diamond ring:
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Sandy took this pic of totality with her cell phone, and it cl;early shows the cloud we had:
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I captured the partial phases every five minutes on the way into and out of totality, but this still needs to be assembled into an animation. I used my Canon 60D (Ha modded), Samsung 150-600mm lens (@ 40mm), and a Baader OD5 full aperture filter for the partial phases. The SkyWatcher Sky Adventurer camera tracker was used to track the sun throughout the duration of the eclipse.

To the east of our setup location, a large group from Montreal setup int he parking lot
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We also had a number of vacationers stopping though and checking the eclipse on the camera previews and asking questions. There was a family of four form Mexico who stayed close and were really amazed by the who eclipse. Their 11 year old son was the interpreter, but the smiles on their faces and 'two thumbs up' at the end needed no explanation ;)

Each evening the group of us and our spouses would meet for drinks at one of the bars, and here is a pic of us all:
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It looks like you had a great experience! The clouds didn't prevent you from getting some really nice totality images.

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I am relieved your trip to Mexico was very fruitful and I can see you had a lot of fun. This RIU resorts in Mexico have a good service. I have been guest in various of them at other beach places.

Who in G... name waters the lawn at 11 am when you have a lot of evaporation of water at that time of the day. :roll:

I have set up my watering sysatem at 05:30 am as I know that is the coldest part of the day.


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Looks like a great trip Brian, great pics despite the clouds.


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Post by Montana »

What lovely pictures Brian, I was with you all in spirit and watching the live feed from NASA at Mazatlán :hamster:

These are superb images but I am more impressed now I see the cloud you battled through :shock:

I too was wondering why they watered the lawn at 11am? imagine if you had arrived just the day before, didn't know, set everything up and at totality all the water came on :?

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Great images, thanks for sharing your experiences :-)


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Thanks all for your comments and feedback on the event...really appreciated it :bow

The daytime irrigation seems to be pretty common, though not the best practice admittedly. I think that every resort I've been to has had daytime irrigation :?

We are just lucky that one of our group who had a room near that chosen area saw the sprinklers running and we had time to have them shut down. It looks like they ran them early to make up for it as the ground was saturated when we arrived to setup at 7am. One sprinkler seemed to leak as I had to move my mount as a puddle began to form where I was standing :lol: All good though...we got our viewing in despite the water and clouds ;)

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So lovely to see all of these Brian. The experience is clearly greater than the sum of its parts.
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Brian,
It looks like you had a good eclipse experience despite the clouds. Your pics turned out well too!

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Thanks everyone fro your comments on my pics of and review of the eclipse :bow

Nic, I especially like your 'greater than the sum of its parts' analogy...well said!

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Looks like you all had a great time Brian.
It's always particularly enjoyable to share the experience with others, especially first-timers.

It reminds me to post this wonderful quote from David Makepeace, an avid eclipse chaser, as outlined in Kate Russo's book 'Total Addiction', which resonates with me:

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"There is an in-the-moment nowness that is being reinforced during totality.
It's happening exactly at that moment.
I don't need my mind.
I don't need a thought or a concept.
In the moment where this is happening, there is a rich flow of experiential energy, and that is what you are.
When it's over you go back into your head, and you start your thinking, and you are locked into this thing called time which doesn't even exist in that moment of totality.
Right now is just right now, you don't need a thought or a concept.
It's just to be there and have that experience"
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