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    Default Eclipse report Austin TX

    Made two shoebox pinhole projectors, set up two Celestron Powerseeker 50AZ telescopes as use as projectors, then my 8" dob with a Thousand Oaks filter sheet (spread across the bottom 1/2" or so of a home depot project bucket with the center cut out, held in place with the next 1/2" of the bucket, held on to the scope with black electrical tape) and fixed my phone to my 25mm plossl with a Gosky cell phone adapter. Was showing for up to 10 people, though I never had them all there at once. Pretty successful day, with one exception.

    I suspected they wouldn't, but the powerseekers didn't perform the projection. I did, however, successfully melt one 4mm eyepiece, so there's that . I suspected there was plastic internals, and sure enough, there were!

    Lessons learned: I need to dive into my camera settings if I'm going to continue using my phone to photograph solar and lunar pictures. As the eclipse progressed, my pictures get more washed out. In full sun i was able to distinguish sunspots, but later the sun was a brighter crescent, and i was unable to distinguish any features.
    The solar projector described on the NASA website: needs a scope with no plastic parts. Though I think i have one, I was unable to securely mount it to my tripod in time, so I tried using my two 50AZ scopes. After the first one failed, I didn't bother with the other.

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    Default Re: Eclipse report Austin TX

    Very nice, thanks for taking the time to post your work
    He has passed on his legacy to his daughter as of 09/26/2017.
    Now he views the stars closeup.
    "If people would look up into the night sky as intently and as passionately as they do their phones, they would be amazed"

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