SCAS shares the Great American Eclipe at Deering Estate
Monday Aug. 21st, the Great American Eclipse held breathless millions across the country while here in Miami Southern Cross Astros shared the eclipse with over 1100 visitors at the Deering Estate. Telescopes, binoculars and video equpment (all properly filtered) were set up on the east lawn next to Biscayne Bay. SCAS also distributed over 500 pairs of eclipse glasses prior to and at the event. Views of the eclipse were provided using several types of filters including astro solar film filters from Baader Astro and Thousand Oaks Optical, Hydrogen Alpha filters from Coronado and Lunt Instruments and a Herschel Wedge using a Solar Continum filter also from Baader Astro.
Traversing the country from west to east for the first time in 99 years, this celestial wonder did not dissapoint. Ooos and aaahs and wows could be heard from all over the field by childrens and adults of all ages as this once in a lifetime event played out in the sky. Altogether we had 7 telecope and binocular viewing stations and a canopy set up with a live video feed on a big screen television from another telescope. SCAS thanks all of it's member volunteers who donated thier time and equipment and the staff at the Deering Estate for thier cooperation while hosting this event.