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    Default Old Eclipse photos



    It's hard to believe that 47 years ago a friend and I drove to a little town in down east North Carolina and took photos of the eclipse on March 7, 1970. We were both members of the Greensboro Astronomy Club and fired up about the upcoming eclipse. All we had was a little refractor and an old Pentax camera. Neither of us knew diddly about AP but we were so excited to try to photograph the event anyway. Those were great times back then and we did pretty good too!IMG_2809.JPG
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    Very nice. Thanks.
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    Very nice, Ed! Thanks for sharing these photos.
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    Default Re: Old Eclipse photos

    I remember that one. Was camping when it happened. Time flies it seems.
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    Default Re: Old Eclipse photos

    Pretty cool stuff!
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    Default Re: Old Eclipse photos

    Hi Ed. These are some great shots. Here is my feeble attempt in 1964:
    Eclipse 1964.jpg
    Equipment was a Tasco 3" Newtonian reflector, an eyepiece screw in solar filter (I was only 18 at the time, and didn't yet realize how dangerous this could be), a Kodak Hawkeye 620 camera held up to the eyepiece, and Verichrome Pan 620 film. I couldn't wait for the film to get back to the drugstore for the prints, to see if anything came out. Thanks for your post and excellent eclipse photos from the past Ed, good luck on the upcoming eclipse, and the best of regards.
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    I agree Ed, you did a pretty good job on these! The diamond ring is pretty cool!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Makuser View Post
    Hi Ed. These are some great shots. Here is my feeble attempt in 1964:
    Eclipse 1964.jpg
    Equipment was a Tasco 3" Newtonian reflector, an eyepiece screw in solar filter (I was only 18 at the time, and didn't yet realize how dangerous this could be), a Kodak Hawkeye 620 camera held up to the eyepiece, and Verichrome Pan 620 film. I couldn't wait for the film to get back to the drugstore for the prints, to see if anything came out. Thanks for your post and excellent eclipse photos from the past Ed, good luck on the upcoming eclipse, and the best of regards.
    Hi Marshall! I had forgotten about those little glass solar filters that you insert into the focuser. Mine was a .965 and I used it a couple of times but my heart was in observing Jupiter, Saturn, Venus, the Moon and a few bright DSO's. I also spent a great deal of time logging variable stars for the AAVSO back in the day! It's funny that once you get it in your blood it tends to follow you a lifetime.
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    In 1964 I was 10 yrs old and viewing that eclipse with my head inside of a cardboard box with a tiny hole at one end projecting on a piece of white office paper my dad gave me...I did not have a camera...:-)
    I like what you all got. Really amazing...and fun to see. Thsnks.
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    Many thanks for posting those old shots. They came out really nice. I can see why you would want to save them. That's a trip in the old "way-back machine"!!!

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