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2017 Total Solar Eclipse Click Image for the Eclipse Page

1999 Total Solar Eclipse Click Image for the Eclipse Page
This may still be MY BEST Total Eclipse to date.  At Solar Max-it provided an awesome Prominence show still unmatched.

My 14.5 inch f/3.5 Grab & Go Telescope
My current "Flagship" Telescope-smaller size more use.      
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  24 inch f/4 Ultra Light Dobsoniann
  My un-intended TREND SETTING signature Telescope
  First Light June 15th, 2000, 8:25pm - Sold in March of 2009
  Design Features 
      Large Altitude BearingLarge Altitude Bearing 
      Flex Board Azimuth Bearing 
      Pyramid Shaped Spider 
      Lightweight Open Architecture  
Simple concept-make a large Aperture Telescope as light and minimalist as possible, manageble by one person and able to travel in a small vehicle with room for camping provisions.  The total weight was 105 pounds, with the heaviest piece 72 pounds, that being the Cell/Mirror combination.  The Pyramid Spider replaced the Cage structure.  Aluminum straps and corner gussits added regidity.  The Cage nests on the "Mirror Box" for travel.   The material was Baltic Birch with an epoxy coating including the Mirror Cell.  Lots of holes to reduce weight, combined with aluminum gussits and straps to add rigidity.  The trusses are made from foam filled 3/4 inch Graphite tubing and the Spider is made from Aluminum and Composite plates.   A Flex Board Azimuth with Cam Follower Bearings for the large Alt Bearing sits on a heavy hub-less Ground (Board) Base.  The Base is "hub-less" to permit Mirror clearance as the Telescope rotates to the horizon.  The Azimuth surface needed frequent cleaning to maintain smooth motion. 

Where is the 24 inch now?
  The Telescope resides in Argentina, under the care of Leonardo Cavagnaro  

Mt. St. Helens Volcano 
My go to region for Astronomical Observing. This is a view from our observation point.
  Mt. St. Helens has become my "go to area"  for Stargazing.  It is a "short" hour and a half drive North.  The evelvation is approximately 3700 feet-not bad.  The "Spirit Lake Highway" leading to our observing sites is paved and modern.  The scenery is breathe taking.  The drive is enjoyable.  There are several locations that make good observing sites.   My favorite place is the "Castle Lake Ovelook" parking lot near Mile Post 40 (MP-40).  It is roomy and accomadating.  Elk Rock Overlook is a second choice, but can be congested because of the lot design.  It does offer a rock wall that acts as a very large observing table.  In a pinch, when forced by weather at the higher altitude, we have gone to the "Harry Gardener" Campground.      Freinds of Galileo (FOG)  Astronomical Society of Longview, Washington.
FOG hosts an annual Public Star Party at the (former) Coldwater Lake Visitor Center.   It is hopeful that this former visitor center will be regularly accessible for Star Party use.   It features a Cafeteria, Media Room, bunk areas and more.  There is a large parking area for RV's, Vehiclles and observing setups.  There is another area for Tent Camping.  It is more than ideal as a host building for an organized Star Party. 
Southern Sky Observing-Leonardo Cavagnaro's Website & Videos
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About Leo
My name is Leo Gabriel Cavagnaro. I live in Mendoza, one of the biggest cities in the west region of Argentina, situated close to the Andes Mountains. Mendoza is a friendly city to live in. It is a place of vineyards and wineries, good restaurants…and dark skies for undertaking astronomy.

I am an industrial engineer and amateur astronomer. I have enjoyed the starry skies since I was a child. I consider visual observation one of the most fruitful and amazing activities that any amateur can do. For this reason I wanted to bring this observing guide of the southern skies to help the night sky´s fans with their observations.
Leo's Book-The Southern Observer's Handbook  (PDF Book) 


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1998 Total Solar Eclipse-Caribbean
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