Lunar Eclipse Report

Moonrise over Arthur Pursell Observatory on 10-8-14 @ 7 P<

Moonrise over Arthur Pursell Observatory on 10-7-14 @ 7 PM

Last weeks eclipse party at the Arthur Pursell Observatory was an enjoyable event.  The temperature was perfect. I didn’t have to put a jack on until 1 AM. We had seven members and two visitors come out to see the eclipse. Members were Butch Demmers, Marty and Coco Ferguson, Dan Del Campo, Ross Browning, Derrick Lord and myself. Two visitors were Shelby Goode and her sister. We all sat in lawn chairs and enjoyed the sky and relaxing atmosphere of the APO. We did fight some clouds during the night. I believe that the moon is a cloud magnet. The sky was perfectly clear except for the clouds surrounding the moon for most of the night (look at the the last photo. That is what we had all night). We did have many clear views of the eclipse as the clouds would come and go.

We had plenty of telescopes set up. Dan brought his Celestron 11. Ross brought his Celestron 9.25 Celestron. I had my Celestron NexStar11. Marty used the clubs 13″ Coulter and we also had the 12.5″ Cave in the dome available.

I photographed the eclipse through my 80 mm f/4 refractor. I used a Barlow lens to double the focal length of the scope. Dan and Ross used their scopes to looked at celestial objects and the eclipse. It was great to see Orion so high in the sky at 3:00 AM. Orion was standing straight up.

During totality all the stars shined as if it were a new moon. It was truly a glorious night and a time to remember.

Mid Partial Eclipse 10-8-14 @ 2:53 AM

Mid Partial Eclipse 10-8-14 @ 2:53 AM

Totality 10-8-14 @ 3:56 AM

Totality 10-8-14 @ 3:56 AM

End Totality 19-8-14 @ 4:22 AM

End Totality 19-8-14 @ 4:22 AM

Mid Partial Eclipse 10-8-14 @ 4:56 AM

Mid Partial Eclipse 10-8-14 @ 4:56 AM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Moonset Due West at the Arthur Pursell Observatory 10-8-14 @ 6:13 AM

Moonset West of the Arthur Pursell Observatory 10-8-14 @ 6:13 AM

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Greg Eckes

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I am a retired music teacher. I make custom violins and violas. I play violin in the Tulare County Symphony and fiddle in the Tule River Bluegrass Band. I like camping and astronomy.

2 thoughts on “Lunar Eclipse Report

  1. wholistic_health@sbcglobal.net October 15, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    Great pictures Greg. sorry I missed the event, but I did manage to wake up and watch it with my daughter from our yard.

    Did the TV station come by?

  2. Greg Eckes
    Greg Eckes October 15, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    Thanks. The TV station e-mailed me Tuesday and said that they had to cancel. They said that they had to be in Fresno by 8 AM. They said if they came to Tulare they wouldn’t make it back by 8. They did say that they did want to do a story about our facility.

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