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Annular Solar Eclipse About 3/4 Through
Photo By Jim Stiles

  • Title: Annular Solar Eclipse About 3/4 Through
  • State/Province/Region: Nevada
  • Country: United States
  • Nearest Area: Pyramid Lake
  • Nearest Town: Nixon
  • Brief Directions: Drive north from Reno, Nevada about 29 miles to highway 427, follow that to 447 then follow that to Pyramid Lake.
  • Best Season: Spring
  • Description: This eclipse was my first attempt to capture such an event. My planning began literally the Wednesday before the eclipse and by Saturday I had built my homemade solar filter, retrofitted a pair of safety goggles with welder's glass and headed from Sultan, Washington to northern California. When I arrived at Weed, California I had to make a decision which direction I'd head for the eclipse on the next day. Weather locally was already overcast to I headed east to Susanville, CA, got a room and found an excellent mountain top to shoot from the next day. Come morning the local weather for Susanville was indicating 50% cloud cover by eclipse time. The next best location was the Reno area, so I headed east early in the morning, then made a final decision to head to Pyramid Lake. Upon arrival at the southeast shoreline I found a gentleman who had some very sophisticated telescopes and technical gear so I setup along side him and prepared for the eclipse. I can hardly wait for August, 21, 2017 to do a total eclipse and this time with much more planning and slightly different gear.
  • Gear: Canon 5D MII, Canon EF 500mm f/4 L IS USM, Canon 1.4 tele-extender, Gitzo GTS 3541, Wimberly II gimbel head, Canon intervalometer, homemade Solar Filter
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