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Solar Eclipse -- Now At Bolton School

Posted: Wed Mar 18, 2015 2:01 pm
by cstone
As discussed at last nights meeting Bolton School is a GO! and we will NOT be meeting as Scout Lane as previously planned.

The address is as follows:-
Bolton School
Chorley New Road
Bolton
BL1 4PA


Arriving between 7:30 and 8:15 we are to park in the quad (play area) off Dobson Road and setup in the top of the school field. Please share your experiences with the school children who will be arriving in the morning and do not park in the marked bays. All members are to leave the area no later than 10:55.

Please bring equipment appropriate for solar viewing.

From Ross previous post:-

For observers in Bolton, first contact should be around 8:28 am, at which time the Sun will be 18 degrees above the horizon. The maximum eclipse (when just under 90% of the Sun will be obscured) will be an hour later, with the Sun 26 degrees high:
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The eclipse will end at around 10:41, by which time the Sun will have reached 32 degrees elevation.

Re: Solar Eclipse -- Now At Bolton School

Posted: Thu Mar 19, 2015 9:16 am
by DRatledge
Just a few suggestions for tomorrow.

It could be a case of waiting for a break in the clouds so a flask and a folding chair might be a good idea. If someone wants to be popular a packet of chocolate biscuits will go down well.

Also if someone can be official photographer - i.e. a few pictures of us set up with the school in the background would be great for the newsletter. Might need flash at 9:32.

Re: Solar Eclipse -- Now At Bolton School

Posted: Thu Mar 19, 2015 1:38 pm
by rwilkinson
Sadly I won't be able to join you tomorrow, but if we get some clear sky down here in sunny Wales I shall leave my solar tracker running:
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Solar tracker - the day before the eclipse!
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I've made a Baader AstroSolar filter to go over the front of my Pentax 200mm lens, and will set the timer to take a snapshot every three minutes.
Then I'll be able to make a time-lapse video of as much of the event as the clouds allow...

Re: Solar Eclipse -- Now At Bolton School

Posted: Thu Mar 19, 2015 3:32 pm
by jpinna
Same here, I've been asked if I can do a live broadcast so some schools in Bedfordshire can look in,as a another broadcaster as set up a new site in the UK and needs some broadcasters.
So i'm taking a gamble if a can view from home as I need a internet connection and I'm setting it up on my garage roof.
If anyone isn't observing you can catch my broadcast here
http://www.videoastronomylive.co.uk/#!johnno/c8si
and this is the view from the garage roof, just hope it clear's next doors

Image

Re: Solar Eclipse -- Now At Bolton School

Posted: Fri Mar 20, 2015 11:15 am
by DRatledge
Very successful morning at Bolton School. We managed to follow the eclipse from 8:35 through to about 10:15 with some great views. Look at that blue sky!
Thanks to Bolton School, Brendan and Louise and all those who brought telescopes.
Many students were able to grab some great pictures through our scopes using their tablets/ipads.
See you all again in 2026

Re: Solar Eclipse -- Now At Bolton School

Posted: Fri Mar 20, 2015 11:25 am
by DRatledge
The calm before all the students descended on us! Note the shadow behind Carl!!!

Re: Solar Eclipse -- Now At Bolton School

Posted: Fri Mar 20, 2015 3:36 pm
by cstone
Thanks to Bolton School, Brendan and Louise and all those who brought telescopes. It was certainly a memorable day :D
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Members arriving and setting up
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Re: Solar Eclipse -- Now At Bolton School

Posted: Fri Mar 20, 2015 4:21 pm
by DRatledge
Picture from Bill Chamberlain taken with his phone held to the eyepiece of one of our scopes. Proof we did see it!

Re: Solar Eclipse -- Now At Bolton School

Posted: Fri Mar 20, 2015 5:39 pm
by DRatledge
If anybody has more pictures of us at Bolton School today can you please let me have copies. I don't need full resolution- around 1024 x 768 is plenty. Thanks

Re: Solar Eclipse -- Now At Bolton School

Posted: Fri Mar 20, 2015 8:27 pm
by rwilkinson
rwilkinson wrote:I'll set the timer to take a snapshot every three minutes.
Then I'll be able to make a time-lapse video of as much of the event as the clouds allow...
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Time-lapse movie of the eclipse viewed from the Wye Valley. Taken with Pentax K110D and PK 200mm lens.
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