Howard, Great stuff! Hey, I saw the Channel 10 News report that night during the 9:00 PM newscast, I think, that reported from that location in Gilbert. Needless to say, they only showed one scope, a Dobson with a filter on the front of it, and only showed it very briefly. The reporter-ette talked about the long lines of people waiting to take a peek into a telescope. And they showed video of all the long lines. I kept waiting for them to show some more telescopes and astronomers...but no dice. How typical of the news media as far as science goes. Oh well. As for my story, I stayed home during the event and watched through my Dobson Sidewalk Astronomer Solar Telescope, I think a 4" with a glass filter on the front of it, that I had purchased at the Swap Meet at RTMC a few years back. The image in the scope makes the sun look yellow. Anyhow, it was very cool watching the moon occult the solar sun spots. I got my grand kids to look through and they thought it was neat. Later when the sun was about to set, I noticed the little projections of the eclipsed Sun from going through a tree onto the wall of the house. Pretty cool. I then went into the house and grabbed the camera and a zoom lens and hand held it for a couple of shots as it set over the roof of the house across the street. They came out pretty good. Needless to say that was the total extent of doing any photography. I totally forgot about using the solar sunglasses for the 1x experience, as Tom P. mentioned in an earlier post here. Although I did do a lot of very brief glancing naked eye at the sun to see if I could make out the moon covering the sun. A question to Tom P: What's the "in" joke about Lynn B. watching the entire event on SkySafari? Rick R. SAC -----Original Message----- From: az-observing-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:az-observing-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Howard Anderson Sent: Friday, May 25, 2012 9:39 AM To: EVACONLINE; az-observing@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [AZ-Observing] Solar Eclipse video ha Hi, First of all, well done to Steve Rector. I really enjoyed your video... I also did a video but with much less resolution. I used an ETX-90 scope to project onto paper that I mounted in a little sheet metal device I created (actually left-over roof flashing!) I mounted a small webcam near the eyepiece so that it could create video of the image on the paper. Passers-by could look at the paper and see the projected image of the sun. Got a lot of good comments. I used HandyAvi to do time-lapse imaging at one frame every 10 seconds. The link to see the video as well as the crowd at GRCO is here: http://www.astroshow.com/Eclipse/Gilbert2011/GilbertEclipse.html I handed off my Nikon camera to someone (don't know who) to take pictures of the crowd. My little telescope was set up in polar mode but not well-aligned. I used a compass to point it north and hoped it was level and set it for 33 degrees Dec. So I was totally busy using the hand-control to keep the sun's image centered on the paper and did not have time to roam about taking pictures. Thank you to whoever took the pictures! I am going to use this same setup to photograph the Venus transit. With luck I will get the scope aligned the night before... :-) I had to register the images by hand using the Process->Align... Overlay mode of Maxim DL. Labor-intensive to register 600 frames! Did eliminate most of the bouncing around of the sun's image in the final video through this means. Could not do auto-align of the images because the "center" of the sun moves about as the shadow covers it... Thanks, Howard http://www.astroshow.com http://www.azcendant.com -- See message header for info on list archives or unsubscribing, and please send personal replies to the author, not the list. -- See message header for info on list archives or unsubscribing, and please send personal replies to the author, not the list.