Observing with Street Lights

Observing with Street Lights
Dark sky sites not always necessary to see the Milky Way (This image was taken ouside of a B&B in Julian, CA)

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Rushed back from AIAA Advanced Propulsion Lunch to take images of the solar eclipse

Greetings from the Palmia Observatory

Well, I had to rush back to the observatory, from the AIAA Advanced Space Propulsion lunch meeting in El Segundo, to catch some images of the solar eclipse.  I was going to attend the UCI physics colloquium on neutrinos, but the eclipse took precedence.

These three images, capturing  the near beginning, maximum, and near ending of the eclipse were taken with 8 inch Celestron and Cannon T5i.  In hindsight, I see that I could have done better with exposure control and focus control to bring out the sunspots.

Oh well, that why I am an amateur.  Also, I misjudged the elevation of the sun at the end of the eclipse and found the scope image was eclipsed by our neighbors roof and I couldn't get a picture of the un-eclipsed sun.


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