Saturday, 26 May 2012

More Pictures from Mt Shasta Lake dam

Bill Kramer sharing the view through the 40mm Coronado Hydrogen Alpha Solar Telescope

Bill Kramer, Clint Werner, and Donald Abrams enjoy the eclipse view

My eclipse "chase" started with a contact from Clint and Donald about possibly coming to California to join them for the May 20th Annular Solar Eclipse. After talking it over with my wife, Denise, we decided to go for it. It was to be a week and a half before we leave for Polynesia to see the Transit of Venus (from the island of Bora Bora, not Tahiti like Captain Cook) and the air travel didn't suit my tastes, but hey, for an eclipse? Why not?!

Off we went to California. Clint and Donald had arranged a room for us in Anderson California and we were to decide on a viewing location the night before the eclipse based on weather reports. The entire area was showing clear sky potentials so we opted for an easy place to achieve - Mt. Shasta Lake Dam. A park area is well groomed near the dam and it was a perfect location for observing the eclipse. (see previous blog entries with pictures)

Clint and Donald's friends and business associates were also invited which turned out to be a very eclectic group. We had an impromptu picnic in the park with fresh food from a variety of sources and enjoyed our new group of friends.

An annular eclipse is normally not worth flying to see. That has been my rule of thumb in the past. I'd like to modify that with a corollary: except to join a group of eclipse chaser friends with many eclipse novices. It was worth a couple hours in an airplane for that. We enjoyed ourselves immensely.

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