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Total Solar Eclipse: Oregon, 21 August 2017

oct 23 eclipse by ed hanlon 2

Picture of a solar eclipse by member Ed Hanlon

My wife’s cousin Ron is an engineer lives in Beaverton, a suburb of Portland, Oregon, and has invited me and friends to his place to view the total solar eclipse on 21 August, 2017. This is the first total lunar eclipse visible from the U.S. in over 38 years: The last one passed through the Pacific Northwest in 1979. Bruce Woodburn and I are planning to drive down to view this from Ron’s part of the world. Any other members who are interested in being part of this should contact me.

Clear Skies, Charles Ennis, President

Photos of October 23 Solar Eclipse

I posted the pictures of the October 23 Solar Eclipse that club members obtained through the clouds on that date on the Photo Album page. You can check the album out here

oct 23 eclipse by ed hanlon 2.

Solar Eclipse October 23: Glimpses Through the Clouds

october 23 solar eclipse

october 23 solar eclipse

It poured with rain most of the day on the Sunshine Coast but in the afternoon there were a few brief gaps in the clouds. I was up at Chatelech Secondary School with a Coronado hydrogen alpha and we had two holes in the clouds which gave some students a view of the eclipse in progress. Some of our other members got glimpses from other locations. Ed Hanlon shared this picture he snapped through a hole in the clouds.


2017 Total Solar Eclipse


While eclipse chasers pack up and travel to various parts of the
world in search of a total solar eclipse under clear skies, we north
Americans will have one within a days drive in 2017. The date is
August 21st and the path of totality carves an east to west path
right through central Oregon. Being right on the eclipse path in
Oregon will give you about 2 minutes of totality. Depending where you
are in Oregon the eclipse will start around 9 am, end at 11:40 am with
totality around 10:20 am. This means getting there at least the day before.

Star party goers might consider that the Oregon Star party dates in
2017 coincide with the eclipse and the star party site is located
either in or very close to the path of totality with the center line
being about 2 hours drive north of the star party. With this in mind
OSP organizers are planning for there biggest year ever at the star party.

Its never to early to plan for an event of this magnitude and Hotels
in Oregon are already reporting requests for eclipse bookings. My
advice to those willing to travel to this once in a lifetime event is
to book soon because the city’s closest to the path will gradually
book all up and accommodation close to the center line will be harder to find.

More info can be found here at


or a map of the path through oregon is here at


Partial Solar Eclipse: October 23, 2014

solar viewing

solar viewing


There will be a partial solar eclipse visible in Western Canada on 23 October, covering approximately 66% of the sun. Be sure to use filters to view the sun to protect your eyes! Mylar or black polymer eclipse glasses or a #14 arc welders filter is good for viewing without a telescope or binoculars. If using binoculars or a telescope be sure to use special solar filters. The telescope depicted in the picture is a hydrogen alpha scope specially designed for safe viewing of the sun. Weather permitting, we will be setting up our solar scopes in two locations on the Sunshine Coast for the public to view this event: Davis Bay seawall at 12:30 PM and 2:30 PM at Chatelech Secondary School in Sechelt. Hope to see you there!

Times for the solar eclipse below are for Vancouver, BC:

Partial eclipse begins 1:32 PM
Mideclipse 2:57 PM
Partial eclipse ends 4:16 PM
Sun altitude at maximum eclipse 24 degrees
Maximum eclipse 66%