Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Viewing the Annular Eclipse

We scouted several days in advance and decided to view the eclipse from a viewpoint on route 70 with a great view to the west.
Lots of other people had the same idea.  It was like a 4th of July tail gate party.  People sharing food and viewing lenses.
We had sent for some inexpensive filters and experimented with them in advance.
They aren't the best but they do the job.  You can even pick out some sunspots.
As the sun progressed behind the moon it got progressively cooler.
Almost.
Now!  It didn't get dark as I understand it does in a total eclipse, not even as dark as a cloudy day but it was great to see.
Soon the sun moved out from behind the moon and people packed up and left, a brief event, a brief community of observers and then it was over.
Hubby and I are hooked, though.  We hope we can view the total eclipse in 2017.  The path for that will start in northern Oregon crossing the nation and ending in South Carolina.

Find more views of the sky at SkyWatch, Friday; hosted for us by Sandy and Sylvia

18 comments:

Sylvia K said...

Oh, these are awesome shots, Martha!! It was raining here -- surprise, surprise!! So, we didn't see anything! Your captures are the next best thing to seeing it myself though! Thanks for sharing!

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Great shots, it was too low on the horizon to see here in Oklahoma so I'm really enjoying yours.

Linda Reeder said...

Great photos!
I was already a dark, rainy day here, so it just got a little darker.

Judy said...

Cool!

biebkriebels said...

Great photos, you did a good job.

Diane AZ said...

Looks like you found a great place to view the eclipse. Really cool photos, the ring is awesome! :)

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

WOW! I am so glad you shared these pictures -- I thought of you when I watched the news ... it was a non-even this far east/south.

Thank you so much for this great post. I wonder where we'll be in 2017?

(I think I see your RoadTrek in that first picture.)

Janie said...

Wow, I'm impressed. I think your shots are great!

Indrani said...

Wow! These are great captures. You have done an excellent job with this.

Joan said...

Very cool. We should have driven up. :)

katney said...

Thank you for your persistence it getting equipped for the event and sharing it with us. It was cloudy here. Of course, it is the Pacific Northwest -- cloudy is normal.

Mama Zen said...

These are stunning! Couldn't see a thing where I live.

The Write Girl said...

I love the images of the eclipse. It looks like someone is taking a bite out of it!

NatureStop said...

Greetings from Oman!!!

Great captures and have a great weekend!

Shantana

Spare Parts and Pics said...

Wow, great job documenting this incredible event. Your photos are excellent!!

eileeninmd said...

Fantastic captures of the eclipse. We couldn't see anything where I live, so I enjoyed your photos. Happy skywatching!

Kay L. Davies said...

Great shots, Martha. I forgot all about it. Kitchen renovations are great in the planning stages, not so much fun with workmen coming and going, boxes in every other room of the house, and the dog being fed in my bathroom. I'm hoping not to feed her in the new kitchen, but in a wide spot in the hall instead. Tripping over her in mid-kitchen isn't much fun, although we love her to bits.
K

MARGARET GOSDEN 2 said...

Wonderful eclipse shots! What patience and perfection!