Friday, 24 April 2015

Multiple Solar Eclipse path display tool

I have added yet another utility that shows multiple paths. This version shows a bunch of paths with no calculator interface. That way you can show a Saros series or all your eclipse paths. I am interested in knowing if anyone else uses this utility. What features would you like me to add? Eclipse paths are color coded and you can select anywhere on the path to see what the date of the path. The utility only shows the path of total and/or annular solar eclipses.

Recent change: When you display individual eclipse chasers history as "Map only", the paths are included. Check out Glenn Schneider's map! That is a lot of eclipses.

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Comparing Eclipse Paths

A little while ago a request was made to show two eclipse paths on the same map. The incentive is that in 2017 and 2024 there are total solar eclipse paths across the continental United States. Where can one be to see both? What about other pairs of eclipses?

So here is a web page that can do eclipse pairs on a single Google map. When you select a point or move the cursor the local circumstances are calculated and displayed for each of the eclipse paths. You can select any pair.

Any ideas on how to improve this utility are appreciated!

Sunday, 12 April 2015

More Lunar Eclipse Images

Prime Focus Questar, image inverted by telescope optics
We could only see a partial lunar eclipse 4 April 2015 from the beach in Negril Jamaica, but we had a wonderful view.

250mm Lens on Sony NEX 5N

Saturday, 11 April 2015

Updates and a Partial Lunar Eclipse

Webpage Changes
I have been busy making some changes to the web site. Stamps from the Faroe Islands and Svalbard have been added to the collections, images and reports from the recent solar eclipse across those areas are in the gallery for TSE 2015, and a new navigational tool has been added to most of the web pages.

Navigation Tool added to most web page mast heads.

Using a desktop or laptop hover over the entries to see the fly out menus grow to the left. Click on one of the options to go directly to that page.

Let me know if there are any platform specific problems. So far this has been tested using Safari and Chrome on the Macintosh and Safari on the iPad.

Partial Lunar Eclipse
Other eclipse related news is that a partial lunar eclipse was visible from the beaches of Negril Jamaica just the other day. We had a lovely clear sky as the Moon set in partial eclipse.