Mrs. Ray and I were in Page and even though my vacation was curtailed we had a grand time. We set up just off the golf course at the top of the cliff along with a dozen other astronomers. As it got close to "show time" lots of folks started coming out of the neighborhood and a festive eclipse party broke out! Lots of oh's and ah's looking in all the scopes (I had 3 myself, two white light, one Ha, the camera lens was white light filtered and eclipse shades a plenty). Everyone was in awe at the sight, how cool it suddenly got, the dimness and had fun playing with their "ghosted" shadows, interlacing their fingers to make ringlets on the ground and such. After the sun went down, off came the filters and Mrs. Ray and I hosted a star party for all the folks who hung around. We broke down just after 9 Pm and headed for the local Sonic drive in to feast on chili cheese fries and chocolate shakes. It doesn't get much better :-) The next day Mrs. Ray and I took our time coming home and played tourist, doing the Glenn Canyon Dam tour, hiking the horseshoe bend on the Colorado river, taking a side trip to marble canyon and the Navajo bridge, follow by a stop at the Camron trading post and finally dinner at La Fonda in Flag before heading home. Very memorable. Can't wait to do the total eclipse in 2017 Thank you, Jimmy Ray -----Original Message----- From: az-observing-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:az-observing-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Spencer, Darrell Sent: Sunday, May 20, 2012 10:33 PM To: az-observing@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [AZ-Observing] Re: Annular Eclipse 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 -- See message header for info on list archives or unsubscribing, and please send personal replies to the author, not the list.