Monday, 28 July 2014

Still testing, it never ends!

I am continuing to update the www.eclipse-chasers.com webpages based on feedback from readers and by studying the access logs. Many thanks to those readers that contacted me directly regarding issues they were having. It helps to have many eyes look over the programming and development.

Because the folder (directory) structure was modified at the server level, many of the search engines need to be corrected. To assist in that regard I added 301 redirects to the old names with an automatic redirection to the newer page. When a search engine invokes a very old page, the main home is displayed instead.

Over the past few days various search engines have been exploring the site. I would like to think they are relinking references. This should allow eclipse-chasers to remain in the listings of the various search tools.

Once the engines stop their aggressive slurping of the site I will add a search option to the main menu so that you can find things easier. An earlier experiment with a search tool from Google resulted in it finding older links and causing problems.

I can assure you, this website isn't finished yet. All ideas and feedback are welcomed.

Monday, 21 July 2014

New Interface up and running

The web site, www.eclipse-chasers.com, has recently had a major face lift. There are now three primary menu interfaces. One for desk and lap top computers. One for tablets (no frames). And a third just for the iPhone. 

The iPad and iPhone machines are automatically detected and the appropriate menu will come up. If you are using another tablet or phone, you may have to initiate the interface to get away from the large screen version. Let me know what kind of browser and device you are using if you think it needs to be automatic.

Eclipse Chasers logo by Melissa


Thursday, 17 July 2014

Test site operating

The test site is up and running at:
http://www.eclipsechasers.com

Soon it will be both www.eclipse-chasers.com and www.eclipsechasers.com, for now, the dashed URL will take you to the older interface. Note that changes made to your log may not get carried over when the final blend is made. Please make new entries in the newer system.

Let me know of any issues or bad links!
-Webmaster Bill

Monday, 7 July 2014

New Look for web site

I have been cleaning up the website and will soon be revealing a new look. Some direct links may not work. Using the server, I hope to redirect the most popular ones so that normal surfing is not interrupted and dead links don't fill up the search engines. Let me know if you encounter a problem.

The new look will allow for a more friendly tablet interface and printable pages.

-www.eclipse-chasers.com webmaster Bill

Sunday, 16 February 2014

Lunar Eclipse coming soon

During the early morning hours of April 15th, there will be a total lunar eclipse. You can figure out what time to look using the following link to an online calculator:
http://aa.usno.navy.mil/data/docs/LunarEclipse.php

Total lunar eclipses are great opportunities for a star party. This one will be in the early hours of the 15th (the night of the 14th). So if you happen to be working on your taxes that night, you might want to take a break and step outside to enjoy a tax-free view of the Moon in eclipse.

Friday, 31 January 2014

More 2016 Solar Eclipse planning

The total solar eclipse in 2016 is best observed from a moving platform such as a cruise ship. Land based observations will be hampered by travel requirements and the climate which indicates a high potential for clouds on eclipse morning (the only major land fall for this eclipse is near the start of the path).

I am going to be on board the Pride of America, chartered exclusively to see this eclipse. The Pride of America is a Norwegian Cruise Lines ship that normally does week long cruises around the Hawaiian Islands. Due to the proximity of the islands to the eclipse path this is an excellent choice. Details can be found at http://www.eclipse-chasers.com/tse2016/PrideOfAmerica.html

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Eclipse 2016 Planning

Anyone who has studied the path of TSE2016 knows there are challenges to viewing it. Land based observations are very limited and fall in difficult to reach areas of Indonesia. (See Eclipse March 2016 information)

A few months ago I learned about a possible charter cruise out of Hawaii for the eclipse and contacted the organizers. They were attempting to gain the charter but were running into difficulties with the cruise line and getting corporate advertising support. At first it appeared they had given up on the concept but then later I was contacted that they were going to give it a try. They need to book as many cabins as possible at this time to achieve the charter.

If you are seriously thinking about the best option in getting to this eclipse, consider the cruise presented at Berman Astronomy Tours and send in a deposit soonest to secure your cabin. I will be there.