GESO: Fun with the Eclipse

Paul Stenquist pnstenquist at
Mon Aug 21 18:03:38 EDT 2017

Impressive! Both your photo results and the effort you expended on pursuit of them!

Paul via phone

> On Aug 21, 2017, at 5:58 PM, Daniel J. Matyola <danmatyola at> wrote:
> Although I was very interested in the eclipse, photographing it was not in
> the stars for me:
> 1.  We are far from the line of totality.
> 2.  I was a bit cloudy here today.
> 3.  I don't really have the needed skills.
> 4.  I don't have the right equipment:  no appropriate lens, no solar filter.
> 5.  I had to work today, and there was a brief I had to modify and get out.
> 6.  My good glasses came apart this morning, and I couldn't find my extra
> pair;  all I had was a pair of drug store readers.
> Nevertheless, it is the last solar eclipse I can expect to see in my
> lifetime.
> So, yesterday I dragged our my old 6 inch reflector telescope for the first
> time in more than a decade, and set it up on the front walk.  A little
> after 2:00, I handed the latest revision of my brief to my secretary and
> drove home.  Clouds were obscuring the sun for much of the time, but it
> broke our every now and then.
> I had a little easel on which I could focus the image from the eyepiece of
> the telescope onto an index card.  I used to identify sunspots this way,
> decades ago.
> I got a few fuzzy images that way, and some interesting image off a
> notebook held in from of the open end of the telescope, rather than out the
> eyepiece.
> Just for amusement value, I will share my images with whomever cares to
> look.  I am pretending these are artistic abstract images, rather than
> astronomical ones.
> K-5 IIs, FA 100 mm macro F 2.8
> Enjoy.  <G>
> Dan Matyola
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