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robbie c

ECLIPSE WEATHER (Not looking good)

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We were lucky in my neck of the woods, and also had a lot of passers by, and a nice gathering of the neighbours as well.   :smile:

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No luck in East Anglia, Really thick grey cloud so couldn't tell anything was happening. That's two in a row for me, I lived in Leicester for the one in 99 and that was cloudy too! :(

I'm not bitter though, glad some people got to see it :)

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Waking up this morning to find fog across the valley and thick cloud above my spirits dropped. However by 8am the cloud had thinned enough to see where the sun was in the sky, so we put the scope out with a Baader solar film filter over the end of the scope.

The kids were supposed to be making pin hole cameras to look at the eclipse at school, however we made the decision to keep them at home for an extra hour as we had better facilities to look at the eclipse than the school did. 

The start was not promising:

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However the cloud soon cleared and we had a great time, we were even able to see a sun spot:

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As we had some of the Baader film left over, my wife made a frame that we could hold up to look through. However as the film is so shiny it was hard to use. So she taped the frame to an old shoe box to make a full face mask. My daughter discovered she could use it and still keep he hands warm: 

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I even got a photo of a Sun Dog:

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We had a sun dog too lol. Funny as she went to stand at the gate and then tried to get back in the back door, even though she was sat at the front door with us.

Matt

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It got much darker here too but not as much as that because it was cloudy anyway. Still very noticable as well as a drop in temp.

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I couldnt believe how cold and misty it got during it. Has been a good day so far.

Matt

Best astro related day of my life so far and i missed most of it.

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It got much darker here too but not as much as that because it was cloudy anyway. Still very noticable as well as a drop in temp.

The nature of the shadows changed as well. It took me a while to realise why the light levels were unnerving, it was not because it was cooler and darker, it was because it was the cool and dimness of dawn, but with much shorter shadows. There was something about the combination that my hind brain noticed, but my concious mind could not.

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I was concentrating on the view i was getting that i forgot to do the one thing i wanted to..............take a picture of the shadows being cast by trees and leaves on the ground or on my side wall. Saw them in '99 and was amazed by them.

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I forgot to do that as well. Just too busy watching the sun itself and the darkness onset!

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Its so annoying that within 30mins of the end of the Eclipse the clouds dispersed and its been clear ever since  :mad:

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Had a great session here at the Astronomy Centre despite the dire forecasts all week. Not an uninterrupted event due to variable cloud but enough clear periods for the many visitors to see the eclipse stages either through the supplied safety glasses or on screen images from Ha and white light telescopes. A special thanks to those operating the live feed from Nottingham which nicely filled anything we could have missed.   :smiley: 

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Waking up this morning to find fog across the valley and thick cloud above my spirits dropped. However by 8am the cloud had thinned enough to see where the sun was in the sky, so we put the scope out with a Baader solar film filter over the end of the scope.

The kids were supposed to be making pin hole cameras to look at the eclipse at school, however we made the decision to keep them at home for an extra hour as we had better facilities to look at the eclipse than the school did. 

The start was not promising:

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However the cloud soon cleared and we had a great time, we were even able to see a sun spot:

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As we had some of the Baader film left over, my wife made a frame that we could hold up to look through. However as the film is so shiny it was hard to use. So she taped the frame to an old shoe box to make a full face mask. My daughter discovered she could use it and still keep he hands warm: 

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I even got a photo of a Sun Dog:

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At first I thought it was a spec of dirt, but now I know it was that same sun spot shown on your 4th picture; pleased I am.  :smiley:

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Reading the forums today and local weather conditions, i really was lucky to get the last 40 mins. Sure, it wasnt what i hoped for, but as far as partial/total eclipses go, it was the best ive seen in my life. Anyone who saw anything was blessed. The cloud coverage over most of the UK and Ireland was pretty dire (lets just call it DIRE). 

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Was working night shift ,so it was a sleepless day for me . First contact was full of cloud in Stoke-on-Trent, then 10mins in a chance to view through the cloud. Great start I thought, then the cloud just vanished. What a fantastic morning it was . Im no photographer so made do with my trusty Samsung S3 hand held to my treasured lunt :-).

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