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Solar Eclipse 2001

June 21, 2001

Read the Report 
by Isaac Kikawada

Read the Report 
by Ernie Piini

Diamond Ring Photo courtesy the Exploratorium - San Francisco, CA
Diamond Ring Photo Courtesy 
The Exploratorium - San Francisco, CA

Zambian Eclipse 2001

Heidi and I just came back from Africa, from our first successful complete Totality!  It was truly thrilling.  I took our friend Alan Adler's advice seriously and did not take the telescope -- we watched the Eclipse with our binoculars and experienced it with our body.  But, I could not help but snap a few photos of the totality in the African setting with my faithful Olympus Digital camera. The bright "star" to the lower left is Jupiter:

During the partiality, our friends let me take photos through their scopes.  I was after the sunspots! These images are taken through Brian Day's ETX:

And after the Eclipse and our game reserve expedition were over, Mike Reynolds of Chabot Science Center, Oakland, CA., suggested that we go to see the Tswaing-Sautpan Meteor Crater near Pretoria, South Africa. At the very end of our trip, we made a brief excursion to this spectacular site/sight:

Just to show you that we were really in Africa, please note the visitor who could even eclipse our Party:

Now you see our Eclipse was totally Perfect!

Isaac Kikawada
Mountain View, CA 

Another Solar Eclipse - June 21, 2001

It’s time again for another Total Solar Eclipse! 

This time I will fly to Lusaka in Zambia, South Africa, hopefully to witness and record a 3 1/2 minute event. It will occur on June 21st, the day of the Summer Solstice for Northern Hemisphere folks, but the Winter Solstice for those in the Southern Hemisphere, where I will be located. Of interest is the fact that this will be the first Total Solar Eclipse of the new 21st century and of the new 3rd Millennium A.D. 

I plan to include the use of a new Canon GL1, 3-CCD, camcorder mounted piggyback to my Solar Telescope. I hope to capture this eclipse on digital video and produce another TV show for the Cupertino Senior TV Production group known as “The Better Part.” For the record, this will be my 22nd venture into the moon’s shadow.

Ernie Piini
 San Jose, CA

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A Partial View from Brazil

Here goes a photo from the June 21 partial solar eclipse here in Araraquara, Brazil. I took it yesterday when I spent all night long in the “Clube Náutico”, observing and taking pictures of the sky and the comet Linear C/2001 A2. It was the coldest night of the year here! But it was worth it to endure the cold!!!

To get the comet, I used the hypered black and white film that I bought in the TSP, but I am having problems to find someone who works with this kind of film here. When I get it processed, I will send you the best pictures.

Now I will start to work on the Binocular Messier List to get another pin from John.

Leo Andriao
Araraquara, Brazil

Totally Perfect in Zambia

It was our first "whole" totality.  We were in Germany two years ago, since Heidi's home town in Switzerland was near the totality path.  But, it rained in the morning and cloudy all the rest, though we've got to see the crescent Sun off and on and we did feel the totality very dramatically.  So, we were hooked.

This one in Zambia was perfect.  We could observe in luxury from a swanky resort. Since our kind friend, Brian Day, let me use his ETX during partiality, Heidi and I took only our bino's


Please note the multiple use bino holder!  Yes, my sponge mop cleans windows, too!  But most of the time it was my walking stick, sometimes a rod to ward off a naughty girl!  I also put a screw top on it for mounting my digital camera for shooting animals.  It even became a clothes-drying beam after we were drenched at Victoria Falls! This has been the best $4.50 investment we made so far, at the recommendation of our dear friend Alan Adler ...  I now cannot leave home without it!

I did not realize Heidi's T-shirt was multi-purpose, at least dual-purpose, too!

I could project the crescent sun in front, while the back is advertising for our Club's (Peninsula Astronomical Society) annual Yosemite Glacier Point Star Party!

Isaac Kikawada
Mountain View, CA 

Safe Eclipse Observing

Looting at the sun directly without proper protection 
is dangerous and can permanently damage your eyesight.

The American Optometric Association warns skywatchers not to look directly at the eclipsed sun. "Looking at the solar eclipse without proper protection can result in serious eye damage," the association warns in a statement. To view the eclipse, the experts recommend special equipment, such as a welder's lens, a pinhole camera, or other indirect viewing equipment.

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