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  Diamond Ring  
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  Beades near Second Contact   
     
   
  Best Prominence-close-up  
     
  Equipment  
         
This Telescope was purchased to be the NEXT Imager.  It was used to image the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse.  It's weight is a mere two pounds.  It's weight makes 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. 

Image of the Telescope shows 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.
 

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.
 

Me & the Equipment:

60mm Takahashi Refractor Telescope using the standard 355mm Focal Length option,
Imaging Source/Celestron
Skyris Camera,
Takahashi Teagul Equatorial Mount,
 


          

Phone Camera-Second Contact Diamond Ring, by Joni Phone Camera-Totality, by Joni
     
Imaging the Eclipse    
The Objective was to capture detail of the Inner Corona as well as Promenence detail, but still trying to capture some of the "inner" Outer Corona.  Close up imaging would give the best detail.  Using the Takahashi 60, I have a choice of 3 focal Lengths.  A Focal Reducer gave me 256mm.  A 1.04x Field Flattener gave me 372mm.  Np attachments gave me 355mm.  The decision was not easy.   I choose no attachments.  I felt it would give me enough Outer Corona and still get nice Inner Corona detail.   It is safe to default to the middle choice.

The Takahshi 60 was recently purchased for it's light weight and compact design.  It is also compatible with the existing Takahashi Teagul Mount.  This will be the Telescope used for excursions requiring Air Travel. 
The Profile image is an mage of 10 images with 10 different exposures.  They were interpolated to a higher resolution, then Smart Stacked.  The image was enhanced using the Camera Filter in Photo Shop.  A grey "overlay" was added/blended for contrast.  Then a fast exposure showing an Inner Corona detail was added and blended at 50%.  The base image was brightened, and then the two images were flattened/merged.  The combined images were then slightly enhanced with the Camera Filter in Photo Shop.  The final imaged was further enhanced in cuves, by pulling the upper line to the right slightly.  This created the desired contrast.  Experimentation was the main method before the final method was developed and used.

Historic Baker City, Oregon, USA 
Baker City, Oregon-Art by Terri Axness
 
Interpretive Center in Baker City, Oregon-Elkhorn Mountains in the background.-
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Inside the Interpretive Center in Baker City, Oregon.
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  Future Solar Eclipses & more...  
     
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  The next Total Solar Eclipse over  Argentina   
   
  December 14th, 2020    
     
  The next  Hybrid Solar Eclipse One for the "Bucket List."  
   
  April 20th, 2023  
  What is a Hybrid Solar Eclipse? 
This Solar Eclipse transitions from Annular to a Total and back to an Annular. 
 
  http://www.eclipsewise.com/solar/SEprime/2001-2100/SE2023Apr20Hprime.html  
  https://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/hybrid-solar-eclipse.html  
     
  The next  Annular Solar Eclipse over the  USA  
   
   
     
  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.  
     
  Takahashi FS-60CB Refractor  
      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 and for traveling.  A modification of the Focuser was made to make it a 2 speed.  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 Eyepiece 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 (see image below), creaating a modular Mount/Telescope design.  The counterweight shaft/housing and has been removed to reduce weight.  The
red line (pictured below), shows the weight distribution to acheive "near" blance around the R.A. axis.  The black battery pack attached to the R.A. Drive Housing aids the weight distribution.

This is my only Tracking Mount.  This is a clever mount with numerous configuration options.  It is accurate and has carried larger payloads then intended, without issues.  It has supported the 85mm Televue Refractor.  It has been used for imaging since the Venus Transit in 2004.

The Phone Apps:
Shown below are used to align the mount during the day time, useful for Solar Eclipses.
   
   
   
The Tak 60 can be configured 3 ways (above)...
with a Focal Reducer 234mm f/3.9    Standard no add ons 355mm f/5.9    Field Flattening Corrector 374mm f/6.2
   
 
Eclipse Exposure Chart
 
To Record Images using iCap...
Coming:
Image Enhancements,
Camera Specs,
     
     

 
Solar Eclipses & Transits
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