[AZ-Observing] May 20th Eclipse from Page, Az

  • From: Steve D. <fester00@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: AZ Observing <az-observing@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>, Joan Mayer <joan_mayer@xxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 23 May 2012 07:36:33 -0700

Rosie and I set up 3 telescopes to view the eclipse at Wahweep View, 
just outside Glen Canyon Recreational Area on Sunday.  We set up early 
Sunday afternoon, showing a "pre-eclipse view" to several dozen visitors
 and astronomers.  We had an 8" LX200 SCT, ("Tina") with a Thousand Oaks
 Type II filter, our usual 6" F/4.5 yellow solar scope, ("Sunny"), and a
 60mm F/9.3 Vixen refractor with Baader film.  My sister Kay got a fast 
lesson on running the refractor and did an excellent job with the 
public.  I counted 156 views through the 8", with dozens more people 
taking pictures through it with point and shoot cameras and cell 
phones.  I was first to yell out "FIRST CONTACT!" as the fun began.  
Overall, it was a great experience.  I'll be writing an article for the 
SAC newsletter on the whole weekend.

On our way out of Page, stopped at a gas station, a gentleman comes up 
to the truck and asks if we were set up on Wahweep View during the 
eclipse.  I said yes and he showed me a telephoto shot on his camera 
he'd taken from Lake Powell.  It was the setting Sun, still 70% covered 
by the Moon, with about a dozen observers and visitors in silhouette.  
Amazing photo!  He agreed to send it to me, and I'm seeking permission to 
publish it in the newsletter.

Steve Dodder
Chairman, SAC Novice Group
Coordinator, Grand Canyon Star Party, North Rim
Director, Stone Haven Observatory


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