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Partial Solar Eclipse - Fri August 1st

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« on: July 30, 2008, 12:09:46 pm »

http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2008/29jul_solareclipse.htm

Fingers crossed for clear skies!
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« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2008, 12:18:07 pm »

Weather looks poor, but we may well get good views through the gaps - there's plenty of time - unlike the 32 second totality I witnessed in Australia where people half a mile down the beach from me were clouded out and I wasn't!
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« Reply #2 on: July 30, 2008, 12:22:20 pm »

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people half a mile down the beach from me were clouded out and I wasn't!
Good fortune - still, you mostly make your own luck!

Assuming the weather isn't hopeless I'll be on the main car park at Portballintrae with a 80mm refractor + white light filter, filtered binoculars, a PST and a few "eclipse viewers" made from offcuts of Baader film.
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« Reply #3 on: August 01, 2008, 08:23:45 am »

The Sun's peeking through gaps here in Larne - inland looks to be clearer - which is where I'll be!
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« Reply #4 on: August 01, 2008, 12:18:48 pm »

Seen the entire eclipse. A very successful watch. My images aren't very good but I did take quite a few video clips of the eclipsed disk with clouds blowing over using a filter over the 300mm camera lens. Just of the phone with John, he seen it to AND caught a funnel cloud!  Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: August 01, 2008, 01:04:11 pm »

Full report to follow. Portballintrae car park NBG, at 10:45 drove off in the direction of a likely looking gap and managed to get a single white light image through a small hole (there was still some high level cloud).
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« Reply #6 on: August 01, 2008, 01:43:59 pm »

A good first half, a clouded out second half - no FTP here at work but I got this up to SW...

http://spaceweather.com/submissions/large_image_popup.php?image_name=Paul-Evans-SANY0132_1217589397_fl.jpg

A good morning, a lot of interest from colleagues, many of whom had never seen anything through a 'scope before!
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« Reply #7 on: August 01, 2008, 01:48:46 pm »

Full report:

Although cloudy, there were signs that it might be breaking, so I went to Portballintrae car park - at 0820 UT the view to the West was as follows:

But to the south east cloud cover was total and it was actually raining lightly.

By 0830 UT it was apparent that the bright patch was moving away

Rain getting heavier, apparently from a sheet of altostratus, this was the view to the north west

with just a bright patch towards the Sun


The rain persisted. By 09:20 UT there were signs of a clearance to the SE

but it never materialised - the rain continued, though it got a bit lighter.

At 09:45 UT I made the decision to abandon Portballintrae and drove inland in the direction of the clearance. Arriving in Derrykeighan there were shadows! There was only a small hole in the thick cloud, and there was still some high cloud, but I stopped & set up the refractor with its objective filter, and managed to quickly snap a single image before the cloud closed in again.

This was taken with 80mm f/6 refractor, Canon 2x tele-extender, Canon 40D, 1/250 sec (at f/12), ISO 400

So ... I just caught the tail end of the eclipse ... glad to hear some of you had better luck!




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« Reply #8 on: August 01, 2008, 01:57:21 pm »

Great capture Paul, I also got clouded out on the second half but got some shots. Will process when I get home form work.  It was really good to see, used camera with filter at 600mm.  Look forward to seeing more from the rest...  Smiley

Great report Brian!! shame about the weather...
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« Reply #9 on: August 01, 2008, 02:01:42 pm »

Hey Brian, looks like North wasn't the place to be, but I do like the shot that you got - just the very end of the eclipse with lots of atmosphere!
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« Reply #10 on: August 01, 2008, 02:19:21 pm »

This is from Paul Evans. One I got afocally coupled through the ETX70 - this at 1017 BST

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« Reply #11 on: August 01, 2008, 03:39:09 pm »

Guy's, this has been one of those days! First of all, I had lovely weather for most of the eclipse with just
the odd passing cloud. This is only one of many images I got, and was taken close to maximum from Maghaberry.
Some heavy dark clouds spoiled the last contact. Then all hell let loose! I rang Martin and while on the phone
I looked out my front window and saw this amazing Funnel Cloud within minutes of the eclipse ending.
(see elsewhere on this forum). I didn't even have time to draw breath! Needless to say the eclipse then took
second place as we tried to get the images to relevant quarters as quickly as possible. Many thanks to
Martin for his help, I couldn't have done it alone. This morning will live long in my memory! The image was taken
with the Canon 400D attached to the ETX90mm and is a full frame.
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« Reply #12 on: August 01, 2008, 06:41:22 pm »

Here was my attempt today! Really enjoyed seeing the eclipse as it was my first time capturing it and seeing it up close.  All images taken @ 600mm with Olympus e510, 70-300mm lens, x2 converter & solar filter, got a few shots but here are five of them.











Hope you like  Smiley

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« Reply #13 on: August 01, 2008, 07:52:58 pm »

You guys have done a superb job. Well done to all on getting those great images!. I think we can call this a complete success. Brian thought hard for his catch, by the sound of things it turned into an 'eclipse chase' - and you got a cracker result.

Paul, I would love to hear about the reactions from everyone at work when they saw the eclipse. It's great to see one, and even better to share it with others!

John, talk about an amazing day, an eclipse followed by a funnel (which prompted TORRO's alert) all before mid day. I can't take any credit for contacting the correct people, you deserve the credit for getting such a good set of images under pressure and on such short notice. Won't forget this day in a hurry. I know you have been after a funnel for some time now - and you got one. Let's hope for others. August has got of to a great start!. It would be some going if we also seen the Perseids and lunar eclipse  Smiley

I haven't even looked at my images yet, been out doing weather imaging all afternoon and evening.
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« Reply #14 on: August 01, 2008, 08:41:09 pm »

Here is a wee mosaic I put together, all images as they were taken through filter (No adjustments)



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