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#1 nobake

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Posted 08 April 2024 - 03:05 PM

Amazing prominences today. The “bottom” one easily visible naked eye.

The other one was great too. Detached and just beautiful.

Worth the drive.

It is such an amazing event.

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Posted 08 April 2024 - 03:23 PM

I still can’t speak. Breathtaking.
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Posted 08 April 2024 - 03:30 PM

Agree. That naked eye prom along the bottom edge was stunning.
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Posted 08 April 2024 - 03:45 PM

Incredible viewing from southern Dallas. 4 or 5 prominences visible. The 6 o’clock was incredibly bright and towards the end the 6 to 8 position became a vibrant red in the last few seconds. The 9 o’clock was a nice “jet plume” with filament type structures. Absolutely stunning. I am still trying to fix the image in my mind to remember. I can’t wait to see pictures that are uploaded.

I should add I was viewing with refractor and diagonal so E & W was flipped.

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Posted 08 April 2024 - 03:55 PM

Through my 4" ED that prominence it was sublime!!! AND naked eye.


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Posted 08 April 2024 - 04:00 PM

I etched in my mind forever the first moment of totality. Today was my first total solar eclipse.
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Posted 08 April 2024 - 04:03 PM

I was viewing with AT72 edii with 10mm XW and some 8x42 binoculars. I had solar filter for scope. It was a family event and just wonderful. I also used the solar eclipse app solar eclipse timer recommended by smarter every day.
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Posted 08 April 2024 - 04:12 PM

Agreed! We had a great view near Cleveland. We ALL recognized the big one at the 6 o'clock position.

Like others, beyond that I am speechless. That was more incredible than anything I could have imagined.
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Posted 08 April 2024 - 04:16 PM

Looked amazing through my 66m refractor at only 25x, makes me wish I had brought the big scope. Was also visible naked eye. As others have said, it was truly an amazing experience and one I'll never forget.


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#10 Observer1980

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Posted 08 April 2024 - 04:16 PM

We saw shadow bands, the haziness of shadows versus orientation to the sun. That temperature drop was very noticeable. Mountain features on the moon especially in the southern region was very visible and the sun spot occultations were neat to watch. I thought that seeing for sunspot detail improved after C3 compared to the leading up to C2.
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Posted 08 April 2024 - 05:27 PM

That prominence that was on the southwest limb was a big beautiful loop prominence through the solar telescope I was using.  I hardly noticed the prominences with the naked eye.  Too focused on the corona and the moon's dark disk.  I didn't see the shadow bands, but my brother did.  Didn't even see the crescent suns, but sort of saw something with the sun blocker that a fellow club member made with pinhole projection. 


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Posted 08 April 2024 - 06:43 PM

Incredible viewing from southern Dallas. 4 or 5 prominences visible. The 6 o’clock was incredibly bright and towards the end the 6 to 8 position became a vibrant red in the last few seconds. The 9 o’clock was a nice “jet plume” with filament type structures. Absolutely stunning. I am still trying to fix the image in my mind to remember. I can’t wait to see pictures that are uploaded.

I should add I was viewing with refractor and diagonal so E & W was flipped.

Here ya go.

 

It was really cloudy here too (high level nasties)

 

53641543509_a6c6869232_h.jpgSolar Eclipse - Indianapolis, IN by Daniel McCauley, on Flickr


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Posted 08 April 2024 - 06:57 PM

Yes! That lower prominence was very obvious to the naked eye. It seemed to develop an increasingly red, almost ruby hue over the course of totality. Amazing!
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Posted 08 April 2024 - 07:07 PM

Yes! That lower prominence was very obvious to the naked eye. It seemed to develop an increasingly red, almost ruby hue over the course of totality. Amazing!

That was because the Moon covered it right after C2.  It wasn't until the Moon was moving off the Sun closer to C3 that it became visible.  

But yes, it was bright red here in Indiana and I think that was because of the high level clouds which helped diffuse it and make it larger.


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Posted 08 April 2024 - 07:58 PM

That was because the Moon covered it right after C2.  It wasn't until the Moon was moving off the Sun closer to C3 that it became visible.  

But yes, it was bright red here in Indiana and I think that was because of the high level clouds which helped diffuse it and make it larger.

I had a similar impression viewing from central Texas. We had clumps of heavy clouds gradually getting more and more separation right up until a minute before totality, when the thick clouds separated so that it looked like the sun was in a large patch of clear sky. When it went into totality, I got the impression we were seeing through a very high and thin cloud layer but seemed like it was somehow enhancing the size of the corona and the prominences. Both were more visible than I expected; they appeared to extend at least 50% farther from the sun than shown in the post #12 image above, when viewed with the naked eye. They seemed even larger and more distinct when viewed with a set of 7X35 binoculars.

 

At first, I was cursing my pledge not to try any imaging, then realized I was viewing something that I would probably never be able to capture as well as it is now seared into my memory.


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Posted 08 April 2024 - 08:13 PM

My wife and were in SW Arkansas. Some high thin clouds, but it was still spectacular. We both watched the total phase with binoculars. This was my 5th eclipse, best prominences I’ve ever seen.


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Posted 08 April 2024 - 08:17 PM

I drove 300 km to New Brunswick, and it was WORTH it !   We were blessed with clear,  deep blue skies just 30 min before 1st contact.  not even a slight haze....soon as the diamond in the ring disappeared it was glasses off, quick look (corona was massive enuf that it never did get really dark ), then up with 15x 70 binos.  Only 2 proms, but the one was enuf!  Huge and bright purple lol  was NOT expecting that!  

4 minutes was not enuf...i could happily spent days gaping in wonder

Glad I got a chance to see it and will remember for as long as i can  lol  


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Posted 08 April 2024 - 08:27 PM

It was a mix of hazy high clouds here but I noticed the prominences with binoculars. I also detected them with the naked eye as subtle red sparks of light hanging off an edge. What surprised me most, however, was seeing the corona. I was not expecting that. Given it was a bit hazy and this being my first total eclipse, I was surprised how well it stood out. Everything I read said that the Corona will be too faint to see with hazy cloud coverage. It was quite pronounced and quite bright. 

 

Totality is definitely a must-see at least once. The partials are interesting but lack the wow factor. I wouldn't travel more than a few miles to see a partial eclipse. Been there. Done that. Nothing real interesting happens other than seeing the crescent.   


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Posted 08 April 2024 - 10:53 PM

Yeah the bottom prominence was *really* bright. For whatever reason, it looked so much brighter naked-eye compared with in photos or videos. This was in north part of Austin, TX through the clouds - don't know if the clouds effectively muted the corona (diffuse light source) by comparison since the prominence was essentially a point light source naked-eye.
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