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Cover photo by Fritz Olenberger, about 20 miles north of Scottsbluff, Nebraska.

By Ed subscriber Bruce

Yesterday, Tom Totton and Bruce Murdock of the Santa Barbara Astronomical Unit (SBAU), plus family, friends, and passers-by, were on East Camino Cielo above the clouds to view and photograph the solar eclipse.  All told (over time), there were more than 50-people cumulatively at our location.  A core group of about 20 stayed for the entire eclipse duration.

Tom Totton had multiple scopes set up with hydrogen alpha filters, which only pass a narrow band of red light emitted by solar prominences. Bruce Murdock had two Celestron 8" telescopes set up with ND5 filters, one for viewing, the other for photography.  ND5 filters only allow 1/100,000 of the light through.

For a full resolution collage picture (44.3 MB) click here.   Then select 'save as' to store the file in full resolution.  When I access this link under Firefox, the displayed image has been much reduced in resolution.  When stored and viewed, it is in full resolution.

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photodude Aug 23, 2017 07:19 PM
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I just re-uploaded the full resolution composite with more jpeg compression. The file is now 21.7 MB long. It was 93 MB long. Please report any further problems.

photodude Aug 24, 2017 09:57 AM
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We were about a mile further up East Camino Cielo next to a big rainwater storage tank (above us). In addition to the group at our telescopes, there were more people up at the rainwater tank level.

tagdes Aug 23, 2017 08:07 PM
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I just tried it again and it took forever, but did work. No restriction on my computer, likely my ISP. Anyway nice shots you guys got. Were you over by Knapp's? We were a 1/4 mi east of the E'ly x-sec of Gibr. Rd and ECC and had good looks,

tagdes Aug 23, 2017 02:44 PM
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Don't click on the link. It locked up my computer.

photodude Aug 23, 2017 07:12 PM
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I am the originator of the link. I have no problem clicking on it and downloading the full resolution file. There must be some restriction in your computer or ISP on the size of downloaded files.

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