Yosemite Annular Eclipse 2012 Report

In Astronomy, Glacier Pt, People

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Because I had to work, I could not go to any really cool spots like Mono Lake, Reno, or Tuolumne Meadows for the Eclipse.  And because I didn’t have a variable neutral density filter, I couldn’t take any shots of the eclipse itself!  But since I work at Glacier Point in Yosemite, I did have a chance to photograph a large number of people viewing the annular eclipse, and the variety of ways they were projecting it.  This gentleman had made a tube projector, but opted to use an optical device to project the last stages of the eclipse on the side of the box.  

 

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Pinhole viewing was popular, with varying degrees of success.  Often people would cooperate, one person holding the card with the pinhole, and another person holding the display card.  Focusing the image is tough! 

 

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Some folks would make a lattice of their fingers, and the resulting shadows looked like shadow plays. “Do deformed rabbit, it’s my favorite!” as my favorite author said in one book.  Note the distinct crescent shaped light in the shadow hands on the left.  

 

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This raven was probably drawn by the large number of human beings, because humans=chance of food. But I got the impression it was a bit put off by the crepuscular light.  It’s not uncommon for birds to display roosting behavior during an eclipse.   

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