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Total Solar Exclipse observing Sulphur Springs Texas

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Posted 08 April 2024 - 08:22 PM

My wife and I had so much fun observing Total Solar Exclipse in Sulphur Springs Texas with other FAAC club members Dan and Isha.  I was able to observe partial eclipse with 45 deg 100mm binos and white light solar filters initially seeing one large sunspot and a medium one and a small one radial out to the limb about 7 o'clock and a tiny sunspot at 9 o'clock forming a 7 with the other 3.  I was able to observe seining the moon/packman eat larger bites of the sun. till the sun got too high and I was afraid to shorten rear tripod legs any more (for fear CG may tilt it over with a wind).  I was also able to observe partial solar eclipse with H-Halpha solarmax 40mm and could also see the 3-4 sunspots along with prominances and or the dark(cold) and light (hot) mottling of the sun.  The largest V prominence was the first to go behind the moon with <15-20% of pacman bit out of moon.  When the thin cresent flickered out with solar glasses we knew we could start observing the tola solar eclipse corona naked eye and then with my 2x wide angle Galilean ultra wide angle binos (Kazai, Vixen and two I made from 2x and 3x teleconverters (the latter being the first time I used 3x for an eclipse).  We were able to see one red prominence and when that tuned into a red arc we knew that was bailey's beads to stop looking before diamond ring.  The latter partial eclipse half was enjoyed by sharing the view with passer buys since we have already seen the best of the best.  A great time was had by all!





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