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Annular Eclipse - Chaco Canyon May 20, 2012

22 May 2012, 02:46 UTC
Annular Eclipse - Chaco Canyon May 20, 2012
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My daughter Aurora, my parents, and I planned a trip to Chaco Canyon, NM for the Annular Eclipse. The trip was fantastic. We set up my modified DSLR on the Polarie with a telephoto lense and solar modifications for a timelapse. We also leveraged Aurora's 6" Dob and attached a white light filter, and two other camera rigs. In total we captured well over 1100 images, a few dozen video segments, and 10GB of data in all (after weeding out the rejects). The skies were perfect, and I couldn't be more pleased with the results. I'll add that a number of these shots were taken by Aurora who is barely 8 yrs old.Chaco was packed. So much so, that the rangers were towing vehicles out, locking down parking, and making people shuttle in to the canyon sites. We set up at the western-most designated viewing area in the Canyon. Countless dozens of people lined up to view through our telescopes and watch the eclipse through the live screens. We helped people take pictures of the eclipse afocally using their digicams, smartphones, etc. Many people got involved with us making our "trick/illusion" photos as time went on. One gentleman helped us ...

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