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Northern Parks Discovery Total Solar Eclipse

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On August 12, 2017, Bob Stephens and Alson Wong set off on their Solar Eclipse Tour and visit to as many national parks as they can visit along the way. The 2,600 mile trip included side trips to various parks including Grand Canyon, Lake Powell, Zion, Bryce, Kodachrome, Grand Teton, Yellowstone, Arches, perhaps Canyonlands, and (Yeah Baby!) Vegas. They eventually meet up with several of the TravelQuest International groups at Jackson Hole, WY to view the eclipse. Thankfully this is not like National Lampoon’s Vacation and grandma is still strapped to the roof when we arrived.

Our TravelQuest groups observed at the Teton Science School near Jackson Hole. We spread out over the campus grounds, but a number of people set up on a concrete patio near the cafeteria. We had an extremely successful eclipse. All 10 of my cameras worked.

Here are several photos (among hundreds) taken on the trip. Included is a composite of 24 images of the Total Solar Eclipse taken with a Canon 60D using a 200mm F/2.8 lens. The composite was created by Alson Wong. The 1st magnitude star Regulus can be seen along the left edge of the picture. Through my 70mm binoculars, Regulus could be seen embedded in the corona. Also included is a Flash Sprectrum at 2nd Contact. A Flash Spectrum reveals elements on the Sun by putting a diffraction grating in front of the camera lens.

Or, you can go to the 8:49 YouTube video I created to see the trip laid out: