The 2017 Great American Solar Eclipse

So, the Great American Eclipse is now just a fond memory many of us will cherish for a lifetime.

The picture featured here was among the first obtained from that event and we thought we would share it with you. This picture, submitted by Amanda Goodman, was taken by simply holding a cell phone up to the eyepiece of a Celestron C8 Telescope fitted with a Solar Filter and a 2 inch, 32mm eyepiece resulting in a magnification of about 63x.

We would love to see more eclipse photo’s. So, if you would like to share yours, we will make a Album or Folder on our Facebook Page just for this special event, and will make it public so everybody can comment and share their pictures and memories.

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Solar Eclipse Safety

Partial Solar Eclipse 23 oct 2014
Partial Solar Eclipse 23 oct 2014 by Nathan Bolinger
The 2017 Great American Solar Eclipse is nearly upon us, and safety should be the first thing on our minds.

Remember, never look directly at the sun without proper eye protection or you could end up with permanent vision loss, and NO sunglasses don’t count in this context.

If you are setting up telescopes, binoculars or other observing devices, be sure they are all continuously manned by someone with proper training.

If you are using telescopes with solar filters, be sure your finderscope is also properly fitted with a filter, or completely removed from the telescope.

Safe, solar glasses are being sold all over the place, but some of those in circulation have proven to be counterfeits and unsafe to use. If you are unsure if the ones you have are the real ones or not, air on the side of caution and do not use them.

As an alternative we have included links to a few resources that will help you make a simple pinhole camera. This will allow you to safely view the solar eclipse.

https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/safety

https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/edu/learn/project/how-to-make-a-pinhole-camera/

http://www.asc-csa.gc.ca/eng/multimedia/activities/eclipse-projector.asp

ASRC July Special Meeting

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Jack T. Howard a Professor of Astrophysics and also a NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Solar System Ambassador, will be a guest speaker at the July 22 ond meeting of the Astronomical Society of Rowan County (ASRC). Jack will give a on the science and history of solar eclipses as well as details of the upcoming Aug. 21st total solar eclipse. The public is welcome to join us and the presentation will start shortly after 7:30 pm. at 1920 Deal Road Mooresville North Carolina