Did ya C IT??? Partial cloud
cover all day in South Jersey and Northern Delaware. Light
rain shower on way home from work at 4:30. I had checked to see if the mylar mask would roughly fit my 10" Dob and I thought about transporting to a local park (Delcastle) where the westenr horizon is unobstructed but wife not to arrive until around 6:30 and only sucker holes in the clouds so I punched a hole in a sheet of paper and got a sun image at about 5PM but no black dot apparent. Wife arrived around 6:20. We waited and we waited and we waited and finally got a good white dot and wife says "I think I see it!" So I see it also and I rush inside to get the Dob, base and filter. Couldn't find my 35mm Ultima or the 2" Zhumell ep so I grabbed a 25 ortho and some brown paper tape and set up.
Well, it pays to prepare and I didn't. So there I am and the base is unsteady on the sloping lawn so I grab a brick and stick under the front of the base to steady that up nearly level so that at least I don't have right ascension in reverse on the alt-az. So we tape the filter on and then I have trouble with the altitude trunnions because I have the darn thing balanced when carrying 50mm finder and a Telrad. That stuff isn't mounted so my two speaker magnets won't balance the tube and I have to really lock down the altitude knobs on the trunnions. Finally got a clear patch altho some wispy cloud
apparent but there's that little black dot at about 5:30 (non-erect image) and I'd say approximately 1/6the apparent width of the sun's disc from the limb. So at least both of us had time to have a peek but I wish I could have had time to find an 18mm eyepiece AND a camera projection bracket. Pix follow. They are posed subsequent to this firedrill of an observing session.
Oh, look, there's a Burro
in our driveway! The white Prius in not the tv. If you did anything at all besides watch it on SLOOH, give us a report on your effort!