Hi Stan, Don't feel bad. I had big plans for this eclipse. A bunch of us were planning to be under the optimal path of totality (if annular), but plans fell apart (one reason being I'm relocating in metro Phoenix) at the end of the month. I am up to my eyeballs in boxes and needed the weekend. But, I managed to get out to a nearby park (in North Phoenix) with a decent western horizon. On a whim, I took along an 80mm f11 Vixen achromat with a Baader filter and my Canon 30D. I managed to get a decent series of the event as seen from North Phoenix in simple white light. As the Sun neared the horizon, smoke from the Gladiator fire began to intrude somewhat. I have some processing to do, but have uploaded raw, reduced images at the link below. Unfortunately, the images were posted backwards, i.e. sunset first - then backwards through time. http://s1008.photobucket.com/albums/af203/desertrefugee/May%2020%20-%202012%20Eclipse/?albumview=slideshow I plan to put together a correctly oriented, sized and exposure-compensated time-lapse. Polakis, I ain't, but it'll be fun. Darrell Spencer ________________________________________ From: az-observing-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [az-observing-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] on behalf of Stan Gorodenski [stanlep@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] Sent: Sunday, May 20, 2012 10:17 PM To: AZ-Observing Subject: [AZ-Observing] Annular Eclipse I drove 90 miles north, by road miles, to a location 10 miles north of I-40 just off hwy 64 on the way to the Grand Canyon. It was a waste of gas money and time. My calculations were off. I thought I would be able to see the moon just barely be entirely within the Sun, but it wasn't. I should have stayed in Dewey. However, there were some positives. This is the first time I have had my 5" Explore Scientific refractor on a trip and everything went good. Also, the sky in Dewey was very white because of the Gladiator fire and it was very windy in Dewey. At the 10 mile north location the sky had improved considerably and actually looked blue. Also, it was not windy. At 6:18pm a jet flew across the Sun. That was interesting. I observed with the Lunt wedge and observed a number of areas with faculae that did not appear to be associated with sunspots. The entire sun fit in my field of view with the 16mm eyepiece (60 magnification), but near maximum I switched to my 26.6mm eyepiece (36 magnification). This was an improvement. I was able to see the edge of the moon better. That's about all. Stan -- See message header for info on list archives or unsubscribing, and please send personal replies to the author, not the list. This communication, including any attachments, may contain information that is proprietary, privileged, confidential or legally exempt from disclosure. If you are not a named addressee, you are hereby notified that you are not authorized to read, print, retain a copy of or disseminate any portion of this communication without the consent of the sender and that doing so may be unlawful. If you have received this communication in error, please immediately notify the sender via return e-mail and delete it from your system. -- See message header for info on list archives or unsubscribing, and please send personal replies to the author, not the list.