Monday, 24 August 2015

Is this your first solar eclipse?

Is this your first total solar eclipse? If so, don't over do it! Plan to be someplace to watch it and have a back up plan of another location if the weather is not conducive to viewing. You really want a totally clear day with no clouds, will settle for a mostly clear sky with a few clouds, and will be a nervous wreck otherwise.

Do Not Miss the Eclipse!
The weather on eclipse day is the single most important element you need to be concerned about. And the only thing you can do is try to locate a place with the best chances for clear sky.

What you do not want to do is overwhelm yourself with too much equipment. Having too much equipment means you will need extra time to set up (and tear down if moving to a different location at the last minute). Anything more than a camera or a telescope or a set of binoculars is too much. I speak from experience. It was not until my fifth total solar eclipse that I was able to operate multiple pieces of equipment without my hands shaking.

Relaxing before eclipse starts

Eclipse 1991, Baja Mexico, Questar prime focus


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