Thursday, April 19, 2012

The skies were clearer today but still slightly milky blue. I was able to determine the focal length with the +1D lens combination more precisely.

Placing the binoculars and screen on tripods allows for hands free observation. The binoculars were attached with rubber bands. Using a lower power lens system might enlarge the image a little more. With a 0.5D combination one might be able to double the image size.

There are simple and inexpensive ways of viewing an eclipse. Not everyone has a 10 inch telescope dedicated to solar observations for their use. For an outing easy setup is an advantage. Also in northern California one should consider bringing an umbrella and be prepared for a breeze on the beaches.

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