The Solar Eclipses of my Lifetime

•November 13, 2014 • Leave a Comment

A composite photograph of every Partial Solar Eclipse I have witnessed in my lifetime. It is truly amazing how you can precisely place yourself by location, time and circumstance in your lifetime of remembering eclipses:

March 7, 1970
I was a 13 year old boy. I set up my 60mm refractor in my backyard at 6418 Emory Drive in Brook Park, Ohio. I projected the image of the sun onto white poster board. I did not take any photograph as I did not have a camera. The image is a simulation from TheSky program.

July 10, 1972. I was 15 years old. I set up my 60mm refractor in the front yard at 430 Kenmore Drive in Evansville, Indiana. I projected the image of the sun onto white poster board. I did not take any photograph as I did not have a camera. The image is a simulation from TheSky program.

December 10, 1977, I was a 20 year old Airman Second Class in the Air Force, stationed at Reese AFB near Lubbock, Texas. I set up my 60mm refractor in the back of the Jet Engine Shop and projected the solar image onto white card stock. I then took a photo using a Yashica 35mm SLR camera using 400 ASA black & white film . I developed and printed the photograph at the base photo hobby shop. While viewing the eclipse, I shared the view with other sergeants and airmen. This was the first time I did astronomy outreach, and is the first astrophoto I had ever taken. Many years later I found the photo in a storage box and scanned it into a digital image.

June 10, 2002, I joined Gil Clark of the Telescopes In Education Foundation at a city park in Altadena, California. We did a solar eclipse outreach with local residents viewing. I took the photograph with my Contax 167 MT film SLR camera hard mounted at prime focus on an F6.3 focal reducer that I installed on my 10 inch Meade LX50 telescope. I used 400 ISO color film, and digitally scanned the print

May 20, 2012 I set up my 10 inch Meade LX250 Frankenscope at Hilltop Park in Signal Hill, California. This was a Telescopes In Education outreach as April Louise and Carrol Devault also participated. We had well over 100 viewers. I took this image afocally to a 40mm eyepiece using my Canon Powershot A620 digital camera.

October 23, 2014. I set up my 10 inch Meade LX250 Frankenscope at Parking Lot #38 at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital West Los Angeles Campus. I took this image afocally to a 40mm eyepiece using my Canon Powershot A620 digital camera. Two VA employees saw me from their office window and came out to see the eclipse through my telescope..

A Lifetime of Aolar Eclipses

A Lifetime of Solar Eclipses

It has Been a Long Time

•October 30, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Since I posted anything new. I have had some hospitalization and I ended up living in a retirement community for military veterans at a CalVets facility that is located at the VA grounds in West Los Angeles. I still have my telescope and I recently set it up in my room so I can easily take it outside in the patio area. On October 23 I as able to image to partial solar eclipse, and two days later about 25 fellow military veterans and CALVETS employees got to see the Sun and Moon through my telescopes.
Shown is an image of the eclipse that I took using my 10 inch SCT with an F6.3 focal reducer. As usual, my imaging camera was my old Canon Powershot A620 camera.Partial Solar Eclipse Thursday October 25 2014

Solar Astronomy on March 10, 2012

•March 28, 2014 • Leave a Comment

I set up my telescope in solar astronomy mode yesterday in my very small backyard. I was able to observe the Sun in visible light and H-alpha light for a couple of hours. I imaged a large sunspot group that is associated with the solar flares we have been hearing about these past few days.

The photo shown here is of the largest sunspot group seen that day. I am amazed by the detail that shows up after processing. You can see granulation on the surface of the photosphere, and in the sunspot group you can see portions of sunspots being stretched by magnetic field lines. At this point in the 11-year solar cycle, the sun is attractive to both professional and amateur solar astronomers as it shows a lot of activity. I have read that after my imaging session , there were two solar flares. Too bad I took the setup down too soon. Maybe I will get lucky nest time around. I would love to image a solar flare in the H-Alpha telescope. 

Here is the large sunspot group along with a sketch with features labeled that I got from the 150 foot solar tower at Mt. Wilson observatory:

 

New Lecture on Comet 2012 S1 ISON in Downey, CA

•November 5, 2013 • Leave a Comment

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I will be giving a 30 to 45 minute lecture on the apparition of Comet C/2012 S1 ISON at the Columbia Memorial Center in Downey, California on Saturday, November 16th at 7:30 p.m.

Outreach at Seal Beach Pier Park

•June 18, 2013 • Leave a Comment

The small seaside community of Seal Beach has an astronomy outreach event once a month. I attended the star party that was held on Saturday, June 15, and about seven telescopes were set up with their operators. I set my 10 inch SCT up after making seven trips from my vehicle lugging it all over to the park. My friend Gary Ortlieb took a lot of photos, so hopefully soon I can post them here.

Solar Astronomy Outreach at Hermosa Beach Strand

•May 19, 2013 • Leave a Comment

I set up the Coronado Helios H-Alpha Solar Telescope on a portable German Equitorial Mount and let about 50 people view the Sun throughout the afternoon of Sunday, May 19 2013. Many of the clients were visitors from other countries. Next time I will set up my entire solar astronomy rig, including the 10 inch SCT with Baader Solar Filter.

Possible flare

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Solar astronomy outreach, partial eclipse at Signal Hill, CA

•June 4, 2012 • 2 Comments

Two other Telescopes In Education (TIE) alumni volunteers set up or solar telescopes at Hilltop park in Signal Hill, California to view and share the eclipse with onlookers. We had about 150 to 200 people show up out of nowhere to see it. Carrol brought his classic C-8 Celestron SCT and April brought her vintage Celestron Ultima 2000. I set up my Meade LX250 Frankensocpe SCT with the venerable TIE Helios 1 H-alpha solar telescope. On addition I set up my short tube Celestron FirstScope refractor with a Sun Funnel, which made it easy for people to view the eclipse and take photos. People were even holding up their children and posing next to it. Here a young woman poses with a smile, standing next to my sun funnel which is displaying a Cheshire-cat like grin.Young woman poses next to grinning solar eclipse of May 20, 2012

 
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