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Safe Solar Viewing

I made a simple projection telescope to prepare for the Eclipse (August 21st). All it took was a plank from an old IKEA shelving unit, a few scraps of wood and a couple of lenses. The objective is a 500mm focal length lens and the Barlow is a -25 mm one. I have a spare lens set if anyone wants it.

The entire device is just over 0.8m long and extremely easy to align.

The design is so simple that anyone could make one but I did find a nice article on line at http://richardsont.people.cofc.edu/safe_solar_folder/index.html. This article would be perfect to guide a budding young scientist in getting ready for viewing the eclipse or sunspots when they appear .

Mike

 

Night Lights Shoot: The DRAO

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Steve and Brittany preparing to film Bruce and Dr. Sean Dougherty, Director of the DRAO, in front of the synthesis array

On Tuesday, 11 July, Bruce Fryer and Charles Ennis teamed up with Coast Cable TV staff Steve Sleep and Brittany Broderson and drove up to the Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory (DRAO) at White Lake near Penticton to film sequences for the 3rd season of Night Lights. We spent several hours doing interviews of DRAO director Sean Dougherty and Dr. Ken Tapping at the various radio telescopes and in control rooms. Due to the numerous forest fires in the interior the skies were smoky.

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The 26 meter John Galt telescope with the new CHIME array in the background in the lower left

Later we drove up to the Okanagan Centre’s observatory to get more footage.

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Bruce, Jack, and Charles in Jack’s 16 foot observatory dome

After spending the night in Kelowna, we drove down to Jack Newton’s Observatory B & B in Osoyoos to film some segments before returning to the Coast.