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 Post subject: Solar Eclipse 5/20 Mt. Shasta
PostPosted: Sun May 06, 2012 9:02 am 
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Weather cooperating, Shasta should have a good view of the eclipse at around 1:27 on Sunday, May 20. There may be a lot of Lemurians disguised as climbers on the summit that day. I'm taking a north side route to avoid some of the south side zaniness. Anyone else thinking about doing an eclipse tour?

Nasa has an interactive map. Zoom to Norcal and click on shasta (or anywhere) for details.

Here's a neat animation.

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 Post subject: Re: Solar Eclipse 5/20 Mt. Shasta
PostPosted: Sun May 06, 2012 11:26 am 
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This is so cool. I think I need to take a road trip that weekend.


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 Post subject: Re: Solar Eclipse 5/20 Mt. Shasta
PostPosted: Sun May 06, 2012 12:53 pm 
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Hmmmm, hadn't occurred to me, but sounds like a splendid idea! If someone knows a bit about photography (not me) it could make for a killer TR. Right around the dates I was shooting for getting up there, too...

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 Post subject: Re: Solar Eclipse 5/20 Mt. Shasta
PostPosted: Sun May 20, 2012 9:36 am 
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Can't make it to Shasta so I'll head out to Mesquite for the total eclipse effect.
Safe and (almost) free way to view the eclipse when your local observatory has run out of mylar glasses.
You can use binoculars to project an image of the sun.
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 Post subject: Re: Solar Eclipse 5/20 Mt. Shasta
PostPosted: Mon May 21, 2012 12:05 am 
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Nice eclipse.....Tons of people showed at Bunny Flat. I'm pretty sure I heard a few Lumurians preparing for Sunday when I was putting my jacket on and pissing into the Konwakiton Glacier shrund on Saturday. :thumpsup:


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 Post subject: Re: Solar Eclipse 5/20 Mt. Shasta
PostPosted: Mon May 21, 2012 8:23 am 
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A little off center and a little overcast, but visible in Kodiak at least.

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 Post subject: Re: Solar Eclipse 5/20 Mt. Shasta
PostPosted: Mon May 21, 2012 8:50 am 
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Beautiful photo!!


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 Post subject: Re: Solar Eclipse 5/20 Mt. Shasta
PostPosted: Mon May 21, 2012 7:35 pm 
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Once again, great photo philip.ak.

It was overcast at my location (Crater Lake).

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 Post subject: Re: Solar Eclipse 5/20 Mt. Shasta
PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2012 9:55 am 
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I'm based in LA and had to work on Monday so I just drove out to the AZ/UT border to a small town called Littlefield. No splitboarding but here is what I saw.
I pulled over along the highway and set up around 5pm. By 5:30 it had started and a perfect stranger named Steve (who lives in D.C. and was in Vegas for "business over the weekend") just happened drive by slowly. I flagged him down and we took pictures together with each other's cameras.
It wasn't as dramatic as legend has it. That's because it was an annular (not a total eclipse). We'll save that date for 2017 in Idahoe!

My basic setup. Binoculars and poster board.
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Moment of truth!
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From a different angle
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Look at the tiny eclipse crescents all the shadows!
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Bigger shadows
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About as stoked as I can be, not boarding.
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 Post subject: Re: Solar Eclipse 5/20 Mt. Shasta
PostPosted: Thu May 24, 2012 3:42 pm 
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Looks like you found a great location HansGLudwig. Great photos, what's the deal with the swirly one? That's the eclipse projecting through the clouds?

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 Post subject: Re: Solar Eclipse 5/20 Mt. Shasta
PostPosted: Sat May 26, 2012 9:13 am 
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Collectively, the leaves of the shrub (or any tree canopy) act as pinhole lenses. All the tiny specks of sunlight which pass through the canopy normally look like specks of sunlight. During an eclipse they end up looking like crescents in the shadow.

Pinhole lens (Imagine the tree in the picture is the sun IRL and the pinhole is the gap between the leaves of a tree IRL)
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The phenomenon is best under a tree but trees are hard to come by in the desert. (So I'm borrowing wikipedia's picture)
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