Jon Crispin's Notebook

Eclipse 2017

Posted in Jon Crispin, Science, Uncategorized by joncrispin on 21/08/2017

One day as Peg and I were shooting the suitcases I began to feel that one of my strobes was misfiring.  They are very bright and it was impossible to look into it and see if one of the flash tubes was intermittent or not.  Peg said that she thought that she had just the trick to be able to look at it when it was firing.  On our next shoot, she showed up with these and they worked a treat.  I stuck them back in my camera case and only remembered earlier today that I still had them.


We might have been the only people in the States with  glasses from l’Eclipse du 11 août 1999.    I love the look of happiness on Cristine’s face.


Protégez-vous les yeux indeed!  Thanks Peg!


This kid was the best though.  A “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure” t-shirt and a welder’s mask.  He came prepared.

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  1. laurascavone said, on 21/08/2017 at 5:28 pm

    So fun Jon! We watched from here in Houston. My 82 year old Dad was so happy. He said it was his first solar eclipse!!

  2. Katie said, on 21/08/2017 at 6:55 pm

    When the glasses sold on the west coast folks started buying welder’s mask so they could safely watch the eclipse. We had a soft rain for the eclipse here in Santa Cruz. I did watch a bit of it on tv and the viewing was great.

    • Teresa Hartung said, on 21/08/2017 at 8:58 pm

      We weren’t able to get glasses, but shortly after it passed through (I live in central NY), I ran to the drugstore on an errand, and there was a woman outside offering a view with her glasses for anyone that wanted. I was thrilled to be a part of it. Can’t wait till the next one in a 2024, we will be in the totality band!!!!

  3. terryh said, on 21/08/2017 at 9:03 pm

    We weren’t able to get glasses, but I had to run to the drugstore on an errand, shortly after it passed through, (I live in central NY), There was a woman offering her glasses for anyone that wanted to take a look. I was thrilled! I can’t wait till the next one in 2024, we live in the “totality band” for that one!!!

  4. Dhyan Atkinson said, on 22/08/2017 at 6:41 pm

    Hi Jon, I was one of the (600,000 to 1,000,000) people from Colorado and points south who went to Wyoming to see the total eclipse. (I went to Casper where I have second cousins) It was wonderful. First the temperature started dropping. Then evening birds started to sing. Then the crickets started up in the grass. Then the streetlight flickered on. The shadow/twilight deepened around us but we could see what looked like sunset 360 degrees around us on the horizon. The BEST was when the eclipse was total, we took off the glasses, and there was a dark circle in the sky surrounded by the wispy corona, like hair flowing out all the way around the sun. I was so happy I went, I didn’t even mind the drive home – 400 some miles of mostly under 30 mph driving. I remembered to take audio books!

    • Tania M said, on 24/08/2017 at 10:31 am

      Thank you Dhyan for this beautiful description. There was 75% totality where I live, and was somewhat surprised and disappointed that it didn’t get darker (it looked like very early twilight, not really a darkening but a change in the light). It was a very hot and humid day and there was a very noticeable cooling.I am looking forward to the next one.

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