Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Diamond Ring and Flash Spectrum

Here is an unprocessed image I capture on the Corona Camera yesterday. It not only shows the Diamond Ring but also a flash spectrum! More about the expedition to follow.

Mission Accomplished!!!!!

Mission accomplished!!! The primary goal of this expedition was to see a total solar eclipse with my children... everything else was a distant second. We all made it to the base camp in Douglas, WY safe and sound. Here is a preview of what was going on just before totality. I will be posting more on the blog in the next couple of days.

Monday, August 14, 2017

7 days until the eclipse....Equipment Packed and Ready to Travel !!!

One week from today and the Moon will eclipse the Sun! All the equipment is packed and ready to travel. The expedition leaves for base camp in 3 days. Everyone is very excited and ready to go. Last minute provisions are being acquired...we are going to be self contained as the center line locations should be pretty much maxed out.

Friday, August 11, 2017

10 days until the eclipse...how to use a pin hole solar viewer

Two of the eclipse crew checking out pin hole solar viewers...notice the technique of these two budding solar astronomers! Well there are 10 days until the eclipse...plenty of time to refine the technique. Pix by MM Iadevaia

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Finishing touches on my Eclipse Talk...11 days until the eclipse!!!!

Here are the first three slides of my eclipse talk I will be giving the night before the eclipse. It is estimated that 500 people will be at the camp ground for the eclipse! Maybe I should put out a hat. :-)

Saturday, August 5, 2017

The Moon is Catching Up with the Sun!

Tonight the pursuit of the Sun by the Moon has begun. On Monday, 7 August, the Moon will be full as it moves closer toward its new moon phase in 14 days...then on 21 August, the unseen Moon captures the Sun and for about 2.5 minutes subdues its light to extinction. The Great American Eclipse has begun!

Friday, August 4, 2017



Live streaming of the eclipse and activities pertaining to the eclipse will be sporadically transmitted between 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM MDT (1400 to 2000 UTC) on the day of the total solar eclipse, 21 August 2017. Streaming will include the actual period of totality which will begin at 11:20 AM MDT (1720 UTC)... totality is at 11:45 MDT (1745 UTC). If you miss the live stream the sessions will be recorded and available on my YouTube Live Channel. If you are at one of the grandkids’ school tune into the channel and leave your computer on the channel from 8:00 AM MDT (7:00 AM Tucson time) to 2:00 PM (1:00 PM Tucson time) and anytime we transmit a segment you will see it live.

Teachers of the grandkids…the grandkids will be transmitting their reports during this time period. Their parents can send you a text when they will actually be on air. Be sure to give their parents a number to text to if you need to know specific times. That’s the best I can do. I will be extremely busy up to totality collecting data and making sure the science equipment is working properly.
The URL for my YouTube live stream as well as the recorded sessions is:


The live video stream is dependent on a trouble free satellite uplink from my satellite ground station. There will be a delay of 0.75 seconds or longer due to the round trip of 48,000 miles from my base camp to the satellite and back and bandwidth usage at the time. You will not notice this delay except the times of the activities transmitted from the base camp time stamp might differ from your local clock. That is the reason I will start the totality coverage at 11:20 AM MDT.

If the weather is not cooperating at the base camp we will be activating the escape plan and head to clear skies. The eclipse will be recorded with portable equipment and uploaded to the satellite when we return to the base camp. That video will also be available on my channel.

Shameless plug:

If you are interested in reading some fun sci-fi while you wait for totality download my book "Of Stranger Things" at: