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The shadow technique for point my scope doesn't work in overcast skies - UGH

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#1 dcaponeii

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Posted 08 April 2024 - 10:38 AM

Waxahachie is still in bad shape.  GOES loop looks like it's trying to burn off some but still unsuitable for viewing.  Finger's crossed.



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Posted 08 April 2024 - 11:03 AM

Another technique is to put on your eclipse glasses and line up the barrel of the scope with the Sun. It's not as quick as the shadow method but within 5 minutes you can get it



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Posted 09 April 2024 - 04:58 AM

Another technique is to put on your eclipse glasses and line up the barrel of the scope with the Sun. It's not as quick as the shadow method but within 5 minutes you can get it


Or, do what I did and wait an hour for a hole in the clouds. Before then there wasn’t much to site down the barrel to find. Note: other readers should realize that the Sun in even a moderate cloud layer becomes invisible with eclipse glasses. A clearly visible Sun behind a layer is simply not visible with your glasses on. If you can see the Sun with glasses then it’s casting a sufficient shadow to work with.



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