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Total Solar Eclipse Excursion
July 22nd, 2009
Asian Pacific

Looking like a water color painting.  Rainy evening departure of the Cruise Ship Corsaca Classica


Earthshine section outlined.

Close up of Prominence.


Sequence of Third Contact.  The Lunar Mountains creating light rays and the "Diamond Ring" effect.


  Total Solar Eclipse  July 22nd 2009 Asian Pacific Equipment used  
Improve shot by Joni Babcock using a Sony "Cybershot."

Below Left:
Telescope used was a TeleVue 76mm APO Refractor.  Camera was a DMK series Monochrome 1280x960 imaging onto a Lap Top Computer, shielded by a folding paper shield. The mount was a Takahashi Teegul Equatorial Mount Configured into a lighter weight Alt-azimuth since tracking is not possible on a moving ship.  The Carbon Fiber Tripod was collapsed to the lowest level for rigidity and stability.  Sorbo-thane Pads absorbed ship vibrations.  Carrying cases acted as a Computer Table and chair.
Below Right:
View from final setup location on the Deck.

  Total Solar Eclipse  July 22nd 2009 Asian Pacific Eclipse Excursion  
The Eclipse Cruise occurred on the Cruise Ship Costa Classica near Iwo-Jima.  The Excursion put on by Astronomy Vacations & Mayhugh Travel.
  First Leg - Cheiu South Korea        Kagashima Japan  

  Top Row:
Evening departure of the Corsaca Classica.
  Second Row:
Left-Cheiu South Korea.  Right:  Ferry Ride from  Kagashima Japan to the Sakurajima Active Volcano.
Face in the Clouds while on our way to the "Center Point" of the Eclipse. 
This was one of many Sunsets.  The image seemed to wish us well. Click Image

  Eclipse Day - Near Iwo Jima  
    Top Row:
Left: Sailing passed Iwo Jima on the way to the "Center Point".  Right:  Rear Port crowd.

Second Row:

Left: Another Ship doing what we were doing.

Third Row:

IAfter the Eclipse-the scene on the Deck.


  Final Leg: Kobe, Japan    Hiroshima, Japan    The Great Wall of China  
  Above Left:
Mel (second from left), Joni, Greg (me).

Train arriving at Kobe, Japan Train Station prior to departure to Hiroshima.

The Hiroshima Memorial.

  Entertainmet from Kobe, Japan-
Aboard the Cruise Ship
  The Great Wall of China
Final Stop


  Total Solar Eclipse  July 22nd 2009 Asian Pacific Presentations  
          Guest Speaker at Imaging Conference 2012  
           Guest Speaker at Mt. Bachelor Star Party 2011  
           Guest Speaker at Mt. Bachelor Star Party2010  
           Speaker at January 2010 Rose City Astronomers Meeting  
          2009 Oregon Star Party-Guest Speaker on the Excursion.  
Total Solar Eclipse - 2009 Asian Pacific

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