Ed Price - August 2017 Total Eclipse

Yes, I still have my RV.  The last big trip Joan and I did was to drive (about 1,000 miles one-way) up to the Snake River plains in Idaho for the eclipse last August (we spent about 10 days, very leisurely driving up there, boondocking in Rigby, Idaho for a few days and then wandering back home).  Here are a few very non-professional photos.  Pardon, but I decided that I just wanted to experience the eclipse in person, not through a telescope or viewfinder.  At the last minute, I couldn't help myself and still took a few photos with my iPhone.

Here I am, comfortably set up for the next couple of hours.  This is at about 50% totality, so its noticeably darker.  Just to easily monitor things, the box is a simple pin-hole projection camera; it forms an image of the sun on the inside of the box that I can see from my chair.  BTW, I'm not a cowboy, I just found the hat. (I also never realized how a hat can define a look.)  This lazy style is the Mexican Gardener look.  Fold up just the right side, and it's the Aussie Digger.  Fold up both sides and you get the Southern Prison Warden look.  Or fold up the front and go for the Pig Farmer look!


And, here is Joan (and yes, that's my finger in the frame on top;  I was using my iPhone).


This is looking through an eclipse filter just a minute before the totality.  The dot of light to the right of the Sun is Venus.


This is a minute later, almost totality.  I removed the filter, so this is my iPhone looking right at the Sun.  I wanted to catch the corner of my RV to show that I didn't have any filter on the camera.  The iPhone has a cheap lens, so there are some very artsy internal reflections that make this look like I know what I'm doing.


This is with my iPhone, looking right at the sun, with no filter.  The Moon is now totally eclipsing the Sun.  Those blobs of light that seem to stretch out from the sun are called Baily's Beads, light pouring through passes in the Moon's mountains.  You can also see some hints of rays coming from all around the sun; maybe this is just another cheap lens flaw, or maybe this is light from smaller mountain passes.  The view is doing weird things to the camera's color correction algorithms, because deep space is not olive green.  The little dot of light to the left is Mercury.


I then swung the camera down to the horizon, looking east toward the back side of the Grand Tetons.  They are beyond the Moon's shadow, so they are reflecting light.  You can see how dark it got where I was (almost perfectly in the center of the shadow).


And in less than two minutes, the totality ended.  Another minute and here is the same view to the east.  The Tetons are now still in the eclipse and do you notice, there is a faint fog where the atmosphere has cooled inside the Moon's shadow?  I observed something that nobody has mentioned; immediately after the eclipse, although our sky was clear, the finest of a mist settled out of the sky. You couldn't see it, but you could feel the tiny droplets hit your face (and in my case, the top of my head; being bald is a great rain sensor!)