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IMG_1441.CR2I viewed the eclipse from a state park at the western edge of South Carolina, and here are my photos.

The cameras and settings for each photo are detailed on each photo's page; the ones I shot with my Canon EOS 60D were through a 15-year-old 90mm Meade ETX telescope with manual tracking.

Appalachian-style tripodThe skies started out clear, but we started to despair as heavy clouds approached just before totality. Fortunately, the worst of it waited until after third contact, with a relatively thin veil of clouds slightly obscuring the details of the corona during totality, but all in all, the effect was still dazzling.
Yesterday's Morning Edition had an unrelated couple of stories related to stuff I do:

Space Thief Or Hero? One Man's Quest To Reawaken An Old Friend: Apparently our lab has the old hardware needed to command a comet-touring spacecraft to return to its original L1 halo orbit after decades farther afield.

Japanese Tea Ritual Turned 15th Century 'Tupperware' Into Art: Well, it's not terrible, for a mainstream media piece on chado history. It's kind of a shame Tankokai DC and the Smithsonian aren't coordinating more around the Chigusa exhibit; I'm sure the vast majority of the exhibit's visitors come away with the impression that chado is something no one does anymore, or at least not outside of Japan.

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