el diablo robotico (platypus) wrote,
el diablo robotico
platypus

Eclipse!

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This is the sun, taken through an eclipse filter. I was testing out settings on my camera, in preparation for the annular eclipse.

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Ken rigged the binoculars to project the image, which was pretty cool. By the end, we could even see a sunspot. We'll probably use a setup like this for the transit of Venus in a couple of weeks.

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But I got the biggest kick out of being able to look directly at the eclipse through the filter.

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Projecting. We'll rig something to cast a better shadow next time.

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Going, going...

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I think this was about the maximum.

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Even though the sun was getting low, you could still see a significant difference in the quality of the light when it was mostly eclipsed. Everything was strangely murky and dim.

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We were with Ken's mom (we'd just had a belated Mother's Day dinner) and we set up in a parking lot just east of the coastal cloudy zone. While we were there, several people stopped by and had a look at our setup or tried out our viewing filters. It was pretty cool :).
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