Total Solar Eclipse

August 21, 2017

from Casper, Wyoming...


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My equipment:  Stellarvue refractor, 102mm dia, 914mm focal length;
Canon 60D at prime focus, and Canon Digital Rebel with 200mm lens piggy-backed on top of telescope;
Aluminized mylar solar filter for partial phase;
Celestron CG-5 GOTO mount; Battery (red) to power the mount.
We setup the scope next to our Days Inn hotel on some higher ground where we had a better view of the Eastern and Southern horizons. 
We could see this spot from our hotel room window.  Some of our hotel neighbors joined us.  Dana Taylor brought his Meade 8" LX200.
1st Contact, the Moon is beginning to cover the Sun.  I was happy to see that there were a good number of Sunspots that day. Approaching the point of 2nd Contact, when the Moon completely covers the Sun at the start of Totality.
The gaps in the chain-link fence slats around us acted like pin-hole-cameras creating images of the crescent-shaped Sun.
The last part of the Sun's bright surface is being covered by the Moon, known as The Diamond Ring and Baily's Beads effects, at 2nd Contact.
A compilation of images taken at one-second intervals just at 2nd Contact. This shows the inner part of the Sun's outer atmosphere, called the Corona.
Solar Prominences can be seen at the 1:00 and 3:00 positions.
                        Close-up of the 1:00 Solar Prominence.

       Close-up of the 3:00 Solar Prominence.

Standing in the shadow of the Moon!
The outer Corona.  We saw much more than this with the naked eye!
It was somewhat humid during the eclipse. The air temp dropped by at least 10 degrees as the eclipse progressed, and since the telescope was cool, after being in my car's trunk all night, the humidity in the air condensed on the telescope lens.
This created the hazy glow as seen in the above image.
This image was taken just as the Sun was becoming visible again at the end of Totality, called 3rd Contact.
The 3rd Contact Diamond Ring, taken with a Canon Digital Rebel and 200mm lens.
Just after 3rd Contact. The Moon continues to uncover the Sun...
We stayed to watch this eclipse right to the bitter end at 4th Contact...