The 2012 Solar Eclipse (May 20th)

Last weekend I went to Sparks Nevada to visit my brother Dave and Sister Liz. Dave had invited some friends over for an eclipse party. Sparks, which is right next to Reno, was in perfect alignment to observe the annular eclipse. We had six pair of eclipse glasses and a solar pinhole camera box. The temperature was perfect. Early in the afternoon some small puffy clouds started apearing in the west. The first contact with the moon began around 5:30 pm. Totality was 6:31 pm. I started taking pictures using the pin hole projection box. I could defiantly see the eclipse put had a hard time focusing on the image. Next I used a pair of eclipse glasses held in front of the camera lens and that worked much better. The problem with the eclipse was that the clouds started getting in the way of the sun. At totality (or annularity) the clouds totally covered the sun and I could not see it through the eclipse glasses held over the camera lense. Behind me, I could hear everyone oohing and awing so I discarded the eclipse glasses and took the suns image from behind the clouds directly hoping to catch the annular ring. It worked! Latter on the clouds got so thick that we could not see the sun at all. The clouds did finally thin out again and eventually disappeared. The following pictures show some of the events. The eclipse and party were a great success.

The Pinhole Projection Box

Projection Images


Filtered Image taken through eclipse glasses. Pre Eclipse.

Clouds at Totality


Post Eclipse

Eclipse Glasses

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Greg Eckes


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.

One thought on “The 2012 Solar Eclipse (May 20th)

  1. Butch
    Butch June 2, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    Hey, nice pics Greg! Sorry I missed the big event, but the Roger Waters concert was worth it.

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