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Solar Eclipse
Baker City, OR
  2012 Venus
Vancouver, WA
  2012 Annualar Solar Eclipse
Susanville, CA
  2009 Total
Solar Eclipse
Asia Pacific
  2004 Venus Transit
  2001 Total
Solar Eclipse
  1999 Total
Solar Eclipse
  1998 Total
Solar Eclipse
      Total Solar Eclipse
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August 21st, 2017   Baker City, Oregon, USA 
Images using a Takahashi 60mm and Skyris Camera 
      Lunar Eclipse
September 27th, 2015  Vancouver, Oregon, USA
Imaged using a TV76 with a 0.8 Focal Reducer and a 1600x1200 Imaging Source Camera.
      Venus Transit
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June 5th, 2012,  Vancouver, WA, USA
      Annular Solar Eclipse
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May 20th, 2012  Susanville, California, USA
Perfect conditions in Susanville.  This was my first Annular Eclipse.
      Total Solar Eclipse Excursion
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July 22, 2009  Viewed near Iwo Jima, Pacific Ocean
Imaged from the Cruise Ship Costa Classica just Southeast of Iwo Jima. 
Excursion included tours of Asia.
      Mercury Transit
November 8th, 2006  Portland, Oregon, USA
Managed an image when the clouds broke momentarily.  Camera was a Sony "Mavica" hand held to
a 14mm Radian eyepiece mounted in a TeleVue 85mm Telescope using a "White Solar Light Filter." 
Note the sunspot in the upper right.
      Venus Transit Excursion
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June 8th, 2012, 2004  Greece
Excursion included Tours of Greece.
      Total Solar Eclipse Excursion
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June 21st, 2001  Africa
Excursion included the Eclipse, Southern Sky & an tour of Africa.
      Partial Solar Eclipse Christmas Day
December 25th, 2000   Portlamd, Oregon, USA
maged hand holding a Digital Camera over a 70mm Pronto
      Partial Solar Eclipse
July 22, 2000 
Astoria, Oregon USA
Photographed using a Pentax 6x7 camera & 400mm f/4 Telephoto Lens at 1/1000th of a second.
Images were taken at the "Astoria Column" parking lot.
Total Solar Eclipse Excursion
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August 11th, 1999

Lake Hazar, Turkey-Plus Tour of Istanbul Turkey.
      Total Solar Eclipse Excursion
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February 26th, 1998  Aruba
Excursion included Tours of the Caribbean.
      Total Lunar Eclipse
June 4th, 1993   Portland, OR USA 
Using a Brandon 130mm f/8 Refractor-Imaging at prime focus. 
      Partial Solar Eclipse
July 22nd, 1990  Pine Mountain, OR USA
Taken using 130mm Brandon Refractor at Prime Focus. 
The Telescope was mounted on a "stop gap" small
Unitron Mount scene in image.
      Partial Solar Eclipse 1977
October 12th, 1977   Springfield, Oregon, USA
Watch says 11L20am.

Total Solar Eclipse August 21st, 2017 Baker City, Oregon USA
Solar Eclipse 2017 Venus Transit 2012 Annular Eclipse 2012 Solar Eclipse 2009 Venus Transit 2004 Solar Eclipse 2001 Solar Eclipse 1999 Solar Eclipse 1998

Recent & Future Solar Eclipses
The next Total Solar Eclipses over Argentina
July 2nd, 2019    December 14th, 2020 

The next Hybrid Solar Eclipse April 20th, 2023
One for the "Bucket List."
What is a
Hybrid Solar Eclipse?
This is a Solar Eclipse that transitions from being an Annular to breifly being a total and back to an Annular.  Click Links below for more information.
Links to the next
Hybrid Solar Eclipse
The next  Annular Solar Eclipse over the USA 
October 14th, 2023
This Center Line passes near
Crater Lake, Otregon.
See Map below.

The next Total Solar Eclipse  over the USA 
April 8th, 2024
Good luck
finding a parking place!
To ensure a clear sky view, Eclipse chasers worldwide are expected to jam up the Southern States.

  Exposure Guide  
  Always test your exposure with the white Light Filter in Place.  Use it as a guide for the other Exposures.  
  Chart: Courtousy of  

 Takahashi 60mm f/5.9 APO Refractor Telescope

  Image of the Telescope shows it with a 1600x1200 pixel Imaging Source/Celestron Skyris "Planetary Camera." 

This Telescope can be used for observing.  A 24mm Televue Panoptic provides 14x with a 4.9 degree field of view.   But this Telescope will probably never be used for any other purpose than imaging Lunar, Solar or Transit events.

The Takahashi Teegul Mount

This Mount has been modified to reduce it's foot print in a carrying case.  The Counterweight shaft has been removed and the counterweights have been placed on the mount's housing.

This Telescope was purchased to be the NEXT Imager.  It was used to image the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse and 2019 Mercury Transit.  It's weighs a mere two pounds, making it excellent for use on the Teagul Equatorial Mount.  It is also excellent as a traveler for future Total Solar Eclipses.  It has a standard Focal Length of 355mm.  A Focal Reducer gives this Telescope a 234mm Focal Length.  A Field Flattener increases the Focal Length to 374mm. 

A modification of the Focuser was made to make it a 2 speed. 

Images Right Shows Scale for

Lunar and/or Eclipse imaging.
Images from left to right are...

with Focal Reducer     
234mm f/3.9

without attachements  
355mm f/5.9

with Field Flattener      
374mm f/6.2
  II see a similar configuration a lot on the Internet.  So I decided to experiment with it. 

  The design of the Mount places much of the Mount's mass "below" the RA Axis, aiding in balancing without counterweights.  Thereby lightening the overall Telescope for travel.    The above shows the Tak 60 attached "permanetly" to it's mount and with the Camera in place, making the unit a single module.  It is in a lightweight "Pelican" model 1485 Case.  The Case is well within the size limits of a carry on suit case.  The configuration is ideal in the field.  The Telescope can be assembled by attaching this module to the Tripod using the Bogan Quick Connectors.  
  \Takahashi 60mm
is the
Primary Imaging

  This Telescope was used to image the:

2017 Solar Eclipse

2019 Mercury Transit
  I am experimenting with variations of the above Mount.  The Teegul allows the mount to be configured in many ways.  By removing the Counterweights and Shaft, I have removed almost 3 pounds. The images to the left show a Bogen Quick connect for attaching the Optical Tube Assembly (OTA).  The Quik Connects are not needed in the above configuration.  It was replaced by spacers to place the OTA just above the Right Ascension (RA) Housing.  

The clearance is not needed for the Eclipse as the Sun is never located at the Celestial Pole.  However, the spacing permits the Scope to be nicely packed.  The above configuration is not quite in balance around the RA axis.  Additional spacing is not recommended for this reason.  Note that the Battery Pack was moved below the Mount Housing to aid in the Balancing.  Removing the spacing will improve the balancing, but packing it could be clumsey.  Further, the OTA cradle is not a quick connect by it's original design and removing the OTA from the mount would be necessary for packing it.
          Separating the OTA from the Mount means potentially smaller Case.  This is important from the standpoint that a small enough Case will fit under the Airline seat instead of relying on an overhead bin space to be available.  Also, if one is on a Commuter or Regional Airline, bins are also smaller as well as scarce.   

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