Eclipse and More
I didn't get out of work in time to make it to Deering, so I rushed home and set up my scope just in time to catch the eclipse before totality. My wife and daughters arrived just at totality. I wanted to get some photos, so I used my camera to take a few shots through the eyepiece. This is a pretty basic forfm of photography called "digiscoping", which I've done a few times with birds using spotting scopes. But, this was my first time using my telescope. Here are a couple of the better shots. Not the best, but at least I documented this historic event! Equipment used:
Meade 8" Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope, homemade mylar solar filter, 40mm Televue wide-angle eyepiece, Nikon D7200 SLR camera with 18-55mm lens.
After sunset, I took advantage of a window of clear skies to show my daughters Saturn, plus deep sky objects M27 "The Dumbbell Nebula" in Sagitta, Globular Cluster M22 in Sagittarius, Open Cluster M11 "The Wild Duck" in Aquila, and my favorite M57 "The Ring Nebula" in Lyra. I didn't have time to look for anything else as clouds and storm quickly rolled in. Bob Torres