March 8, 2016 Solar Eclipse from Kawaihae

The seeing was terrible, but at least we could see the Sun while much of the island was overcast and raining. I had hoped to set up in the parking lot for Puʻukohala Heiau but arrived a few minutes after they closed the gate. Instead I set up just below at Spencer Beach park.

Of course the telescope drew a crowd of folks who wanted a look. No matter, an eclipse is a slow motion affair with plenty of time to share the eyepiece. I showed my guests how to take photos with their cell phones at the eyepiece, so everyone got a photo or three of the event.

March 8th, 2016 Solar Eclipse
The solar eclipse of March 8th, 2016 taken from Spencer Beach State Park. Celestron C8 with a Canon 6D at cassegrain focus, 2000mm focal length

Author: Andrew

An electrical engineer, amateur astronomer, and diver, living and working on Mauna Kea, Hawai'i.

One thought on “March 8, 2016 Solar Eclipse from Kawaihae”

  1. Thank you, Andrew. I shared the link to your picture with a number of friends.

    My neighbor and I manged to catch a glimpse of the eclipse on the east side although it was always through cloud. We did see it at maximum though, which was cool!

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