Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Complete Eclipse Video Telescope and Satellite System Streaming Test



I completed an all systems video, satellite and eclipse telescope test. All systems passed and ready for the eclipse in 33 days!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Eclipse Intervalometer Test at 0.01 s

Test of the eclipse intervalometer sequence setting of 0.01 s. 
35 days until the eclipse!!!!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Test of the Corona Camera System is a Success!

The eclipse is 39 days away and all equipment systems are testing successful. Today's test was of the complete corona camera system. It worked just fine.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Canopy Wind Test

This is one of three canopies that will be used at base-camp during the eclipse. It is important to determine how it will withstand a windy environment and what reinforcement measures must be used. 44 days until the eclipse!!!!!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Eclipse Weather Escape Plan

It is important to have an eclipse weather escape plan. Fifty four days out and the extended forecast is for rain and clouds at the basecamp in Douglas. Not a worry at this time because the night before the eclipse a go or stay decision will be made...but it is prudent to have a plan in place. 54 days until the eclipse!!!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

ERAU/ANSR NASA Space Grant Eclipse High Altitude Balloon Test Flight

One of the eclipse experiments includes the launch of 55 high altitude balloons with student built camera payloads. Part of a NASA Space Grant program the goal is to capture images and video of the Moon's shadow as it moves along the path of totality from an altitude of 80,000 feet. Here you see the ERAU team test flight of their system. The test was successful in that the video stream worked very well. Although the burst altitude was 76,000 feet, short of the target 80,000 feet, a fix will allow for the target altitude to be reached during the eclipse flight. As a member of ANSR I will be part of the support team by radio contact with the launch team and the balloon in flight from my base camp in Douglas. The balloon will launch from Glendo, WY. under the direction of the Arizona Near Space Research (ANSR) group lead by Jack Crabtree. 60 days until the eclipse!!!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Remote Video Streaming Test Successful

I tested the video streaming system that will be used during the eclipse. Part of the test included just letting the system stream for a length of time to determine if there would be a bandwidth problem. It was a very successful video streaming test today from Embry Riddle Aeronautic University (ERAU) Prescott. Here is the complete 38 min test...if you are so inclined to view it. Thanks to all who participated in the test! The ERAU/Arizona Near Space Research (ANSR) NASA Space Grant high altitude balloon systems test was successful as well. 62 days until the eclipse!!!!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Linda's Procedure Works

Preparation for an eclipse is not trivial...that is if you want to collect good data. Linda has settled on a method to capture images of the Sun's corona during totality.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Linda Testing Mounts for Corona Imaging Experiment

Linda will be capturing images of the corona during totality. Here we see her testing two methods of mounting the camera...a standard tripod and ball mount vs an equatorial mount. The equatorial mount wins out because of stability and ease of tracking the Sun.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Testing the Solar Eclipse Internet Satellite Ground Station

Testing the internet satellite ground station to be used during the total solar eclipse. This system should provide a solid internet connection for live streaming of the eclipse activities to my grand childrens' schools!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Live Test of the Eclipse Solar Telescope at Sabino Canyon, Tucson, AZ

I conducted a live test of the Eclipse Solar Telescope at Sabino Canyon. The purpose of the test was to determine any potential problems in the set up process. The need for testing of all the various systems that will be used for the eclipse will insure that all work flawlessly.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

A Change In Solar Eclipse Ionosphere Experiment

I have explored two alternatives to the radio jove solar eclipse experiment that I believe will result in more meaningful data about any ionospheric changes that might occur during the eclipse. Both methods deal with VLF and rely on standard radio transmissions which can be used as a control in the experiment. I have been extensively testing one system based out of Stanford and in conjunction with the SARA group and still connected with NASA...which monitors sudden ionospheric disturbances (SID). I am very impressed with the results and the design of the experiment. Unfortunately my equipment for the Jove experiment seems to be inadequate as is the experimental design. Being self-funded I have to carefully choose which experiments I will conduct during the eclipse that will have success of supplying useful scientific data. I am changing to the VLF SID experiment. We are all after the same thing...we just take different roads to get there. All approaches to solving a problem in nature are viable...some just work better than others.

Monday, May 22, 2017

NASA Solar Eclipse Subject Matter Expert (SME)


I have been selected (one of many) as a NASA-approved expert (SME) for the solar eclipse My eclipse activities at the KOA Douglas, WY...my basecamp... is now a NASA recognized event . NASA will provide the event coordinator an eclipse care package of educational materials.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Solar Eclipse Equipment Field Test

Here is the result of the fiedl test of the solar eclipse equipment...including the video switcher, Solar Eclipse Telescope and the NASA Radio Jove Solar Radio Test.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

A Solar Burst received by the Solar Eclipse Spectrograh

Today the Sun woke up and participated in my experiment! I am testing the receiver and spectrograph that will be used during the upcoming solar eclipse as part of a NASA Radio Jove Solar Eclipse Team. This is what a solar burst looks like on the spectrograph.

Monday, March 27, 2017


The motivation for Papa's 2017 Great American Eclipse Expedition 

 While the years have not been kind to the video tape, here is the motivation for Papa's 2017 Great American Eclipse Expedition. You will see the beginning and end of totality as well as hear the reaction of scientists during the start of totality. I was busy collecting data during the eclipse...that I eventually gave to my Russian colleagues resulting a published paper on the corona.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Field Test of Antenna and SDR Radio Spectrograph

                                                150 Days Until Eclipse Day!!!

This is the antenna and Radio Spectrograph test configuration that will be used during the eclipse. As part of the NASA Radio Jove Eclipse Observing Team, data will be collected during the eclipse to analyze solar activity in the radio spectrum centered at 20.1 MHz. The Moon may act as a shield to any solar radio emissions or ionospheric changes may be observed.


Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Improved Video Solar Eclipse Telescope



Here is the new and improved Solar Video Eclipse Telescope. It will have the ability to display either white light or H-alpha live video or the eclipse. When wired into the portable video studio not only will the images be displayed on the large monitor at the base-camp but also streamed to the internet. This test shows that the concept works and can be packaged into a single container for easy transport. Image scale will be tweaked.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

T-Shirts are done!!!!

Exactly 180 days until the start of the eclipse and today I picked up the T-Shirts!




Saturday, February 4, 2017

Results of test on 3 Feb 2017

Results from 3 Feb 2017 Solar Eclipse equipment test and broad area video test indicated that the video transmission connection was stable according to reports from several participates in AZ and CA. Several minor problems were uncovered during the test but everything considered, it went well. The 4 min live video test was recorded and is located here:
Thanks for all who participated at remote sites for your reports.

Friday, February 3, 2017

First Wide Area Test of Live Video Stream

This evening 3 Feb 2017 from 7:00 PM MST (6:00 PM PST and 9:00 PM EST) I will be conducting an initial test of the Solar Eclipse Telescope System. The test will include a live video transmission. If you would like to participate in the video portion of the test follow these instructions:

Here is the Ustream address that I
will be using  during the test. 

Click here: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/zNRL9naSk7t

Click on it to see if you get to the 

2017 LiveSolarEclipse channel.

The video window will say OFF AIR until I start transmitting. If you go to
the channel before I go live just stay there and it will start. I will begin
transmitting at approx 7:00 pm MST and continue for at least 15 minutes.
You should see the me and some of the eclipse team then the Moon. That's
the plan.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Eclipse Sponsors

In the tradition of Galileo, Kepler and all scientists past and present...the work of science has always been made possible with the the help of sponsors...in the case of Galileo or Kepler...by prominent families. Today one submits a proposal to help fund the research to be done. In that great tradition, a means of having those members of the public interested in continuing the time honored method of funding science has been established. I thank you for your support and if you are so inclined, to help defray a portion of the cost of the expedition follow the link at https://www.gofundme.com/papas-2017-great-american-eclipse.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Testing the Solar Telescope Mount

video

More testing! This tests the robust capacity of the Solar Telescope Mount to be used during the eclipse. The mount will carry the solar telescope and imaging system.