Eclipse 2017: Weiser, ID

Location: Pioneer Elementary School, Weiser, ID.

Voyage: From Seattle, WA. to Weiser, ID and the return route through central Oregon.

I’m posting the destination first as these are some images taken on a Samsung Point and shoot camera. All of the DSLR images I have, nearly 300 or so, are still on the chip and will need lots of time to edit. So, rather than wait days for me to go through that process, I thought I would post a few images from our location on Eclipse day.

Above is a photo of my wife, with the Mothership behind her, also an image of more of my family members; daughter, son in law, and granddaughter. The third image is of our camping neighbor and their very serious telescopes with cameras and all sorts of crazy stuff. Apparently this couple are astronomers and have been photographing eclipses all over the world. Their last name is Fletcher, so maybe a search would turn up their webpage? They were going to post photos from this eclipse, as I understood. They were really wonderful people who let anyone view the skies through their telescopes. Very generous with their time and knowledge. After the eclipse they were heading to Glacier National Park for more astronomical photography. In the community of Astronomers/Photographers they are very well known.

The timing of these photos was during the transit of the moon crossing the path of the sun. Took about an hour and a half, but was amazing to sit through: the light didn’t really dim until the last 2%, but the temperature gradually went down over the course of the eclipse. The temps that morning were in the 80’s, rising to 94 by afternoon, so the drop was very noticeable. During the two minutes of full eclipse it became fairly dark– you could see Venus and stars- but not totally due to the corona, which was amazing in itself.

As the eclipse approached totality everyone on the campsite started clapping and cheering; it was really an amazing  and unique experience: This play field filled with motorhomes of all sorts, people cheering and clapping.

All for now. I’ll post photos of the journey as I can edit them.

Safe travels

from the Mothership

docked back in Seattle!

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