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Solar eclipse view from my home

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I purchased an adapter just for the event. It allowed me to fit my iPhone as well as point and shoot cameras onto my 8" Newtonian telescopes 1.25" eyepiece. To protect my eyes and the camera I used a Baader solar safety screen. My intentions were to use a go-pro for a time lapse shoot. But that didn't work out too well, I forgot to charge the batteries.
 
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Thank you for that information. It sure turned out well. You can see the solar flares quite well.
 
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You can see the solar flares quite well.
Not many of them. We're into a sunspot minimum, as solar output drops. It's a good thing right now, tending to moderate rising temperatures on Earth.

Splendid pictures, BTW.
 
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Not many of them. We're into a sunspot minimum, as solar output drops. It's a good thing right now, tending to moderate rising temperatures on Earth...
In the 1970's I was into CB radio single-side band (SSB). Long-distance propagation (skip) depended on high sunspot activity because it ionized the ionosphere of the atmosphere. We used to tune in on the SW radio to get sunspot activity reports, and know which days were best for skip-work.
 
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In the 1970's I was into CB radio single-side band (SSB). Long-distance propagation (skip) depended on high sunspot activity because it ionized the ionosphere of the atmosphere. We used to tune in on the SW radio to get sunspot activity reports, and know which days were best for skip-work.
Yep. And a solar flare would generally mung up atmospheric skipping. Really big ones can mess up power distribution systems.
 
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Yep. And a solar flare would generally mung up atmospheric skipping. Really big ones can mess up power distribution systems.
Amazing how big the sun is really, considering that it is 93,000,000 miles away. Which reminds me of my dear mother.

As a small boy coming home from school, I was contemplating on how far the sun was. It was too difficult to fathom 1 thousand, let alone one million miles. When I got home I said to my mother "Do you realize that the sun is 93 MILLION miles away". She said, as she pointed out the window, "Don't be silly, it's just over there"!