[AZ-Observing] Eclipse at Wupatki

  • From: Jack Jones <telescoper@xxxxxxx>
  • To: AZ-Observing <az-observing@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>, Familyburger <somejoneses@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>, Derek Poertner <macdirk@xxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 22 May 2012 21:36:03 -0700

Rangers at Wupatki Natl Monument got more than they bargained for when
almost 500 people showed up to view the eclipse Sunday. I went with Marge
Williams of Oak Creek and her friend Scott. We were going to Page, but took
a side trip on the way to check out the ruins at Wupatki, about 40 mi.
north of Flagstaff.
We found out Jeff Hall, director of Lowell Observatory was going to give a
talk, and ranger staff was readying for a big event, so we changed plans
and went to Cameron for lunch and doubled back to see the eclipse at
Wupatki. It was "in the zone", so I figured what the hey, save some gas.
About 400 people and around 30 telescopes showed up, so we were not
disappointed. We were very lucky to get a good parking spot so we didn't
have to lug eqpt too far. (Just say you're astronomers gambit.)

I set up Marge's Coronado H-Alpha PST scope below the pueblo in the great
amphitheater ring where Dr. Hall gave his talk and we must have shown all
500 people the Sun for the rest of the day. We also had Coronado BinoMite
solar binoculars and they were a big hit for the eclipse. Very scenic,
picturesque and pleasant venue, a most memorable eclipse.

Jack Jones
Phx AZ


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