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Eclipse from Austin, TX

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#1 Vansh

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Posted 08 April 2024 - 03:17 PM

Not sure where people are starting to put their eclipse photos and videos. Austin was cloudy most of the time, but the eclipse was just barely visible through it. It seems like luck of the draw based on your exact location. For me we saw the Sun going behind the Moon, but not coming out of it.

 

That red prominence at the bottom was *really* bright. Naked eye it looked almost brighter than the corona.

 

One thing I found out is, I couldn't even figure out how to point the telescope at the Sun in cloudy weather. The Sun would only peek out for a second or two (I didn't have a solar finder, but was used to pointing the telescope via looking at shadows). In the end I held the phone with a clip-on zoom lens. I did spend most of the time looking at it naked eye as well as through binoculars, and the time went by *really* fast.

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Posted 08 April 2024 - 03:24 PM

Clouds all morning then they suddenly disappeared about 10 minutes before totality in Lakeway,Tx outside of Austin. Incredible sights. Simply amazing. Same thing happened in Clemson, SC in 2017. I’ll post pics later. 


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Posted 08 April 2024 - 03:27 PM

Here’s a couple of pics. 

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Posted 08 April 2024 - 03:29 PM

I am glad the folks in Austin got lucky!
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Posted 08 April 2024 - 03:43 PM

Those are great! Yeah my host said one of her friends a couple of streets down could see the Sun up until just before the eclipse, then it clouded over during totality for them. So we consider ourselves lucky.

The Sun came out about 10 minutes after totality, bright enough where I had no trouble lining up the telescope with it, and was out for about half an hour after before clouding over for good. Hope that's the break in the clouds you got!
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