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SDAG Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, February 21, 2018


Location: Geocon Incorporated - Upstairs Lounge
6960 Flanders Dr
San Diego, CA 92121
Tel: (858) 558-6900

FROM INTERSTATE 805: Take the Mira Mesa Blvd (Exit 27) exit. Head east on Mira Mesa Blvd for roughly 2 miles. Turn right onto Flanders Drive and Geocon will be on your left in about 0.4 miles.

FROM HIGHWAY 15: Take the Mira Mesa Blvd (Exit 16) exit. Head west on Mira Mesa Blvd for roughly 3.3 miles. Turn left on Camino Santa Fe and then turn right on Flanders Drive. Geocon will be on your right in about 0.2 miles.

happy hour
5:30pm -
Social hour  

Menu: Mexican Buffet - Tacos and Typical Mexican Fare Cash Bar (Walawender Tavern) *Geocon will be checking all student ID's. No alcohol can be served to anyone under the age of 21*
dinner
6:30pm -
Dinner


Cost: $35.00 for non-members, $30.00 for members, $15.00 for students. if pre-registered by the deadline, $5 extra if you did not make a reservation. Click the SDAG member checkbox on the reservation form if you are a member.

Reservations: Make your reservation online by clicking the button below no later than NOON, Monday, February 19. RESERVATIONS CANNOT BE ACCEPTED AFTER Monday at noon. Late reservations/cancellations are preferred over walk-ins or no-shows. Fees payable at the meeting or pre-pay with PayPal.
As a new payment option, there will be a phone credit card reader at the meeting.

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speaker
7:30pm -
Program

Speaker: Chuck Houser, CHg

"Photographing The 2017 Great American Eclipse"

Abstract: The "Great American Eclipse" of August 2017 was the first time since 1991 a total solar eclipse was visible in the United States, and the 1991 eclipse was visible only in Hawaii! A total solar eclipse is not so much about the roughly 3 hours from start of the eclipse to finish, it IS about the 2 to 6 minutes of Totality, that time during which you don't need solar filters and you can see the suns corona, solar flares, and stars and planets in an effectively night sky condition. Did I mention that totality is only a few minutes? The talk is really about the process of preparing for and photographing the eclipse in several different ways: 800 mm and 500 mm photos of the eclipse during both partial and total phases, wide angle photos during totality, and obtaining a 360 degree panorama during totality where it looks like "sunset" in every direction. The presentation starts out with some of my photography background to the point that the eclipse, in particular our 1 minute and 53 seconds of totality (as viewed from Payette, Idaho), didn't afford the opportunity to "work out" exposures while we were photographing it, so a lot of preparation and practice was needed so when the sky went dark, we weren't still trying to figure stuff out. I will then show a series of photos that show the eclipse from start to totality. Next I go through the process and show the pictures during totality, and then a quick run through the pictures after totality to the end. The presentation includes a series of about 30 photos during totality showing the corona and solar flares, including one solar flare that appears to lengthen as the moon moves across the sun. So in this presentation, you will see pictures taken about every 5 minutes during the partial phases, and every 5 seconds during totality. You'll see "first bite," sunspots, the sun's corona, solar flares, oh and also the "operating base" and some of the science nerds gathered together during this wonderful event. The last couple of slides look forward to the next total eclipse, April 2024, so for an enthusiast, this presentation could even be used as a "grocery list" for preparing to photograph the 2024 eclipse (Texas to Maine). I plan to have the cameras I used at the talk, including the equatorial mount tripod and clock drive that supported my main camera during the eclipse.

Chuck Houser has always been into various sciences (oceanography, astronomy, and of course geology). After a photography class in Jr. High School, he had an interest in photography, in particular photographing interesting and challenging things like lightning, comets, and meteor showers. As an amateur photographer, the opportunity to photograph a total solar eclipse was more than Chuck could resist. Much preparation and practice went into preparing for the "Eclipse Hunt," as he hopes this talk will chronicle.

In his spare time Mr. Houser a hydrogeologist and project manager with SCS Engineers. When not working or capturing beautiful natural events on camera, Chuck and his wife Cindy spend time trying to keep up with their daughters Julianna and Jennifer.

Upcoming SDAG meetings - 2018

March 21: Pat Abbott

April 18: TBD

May 16: Monte Marshall

Meetings are usually scheduled for the 3rd Wednesday evening of the month. Meeting information on this website is normally updated the second week of the month.

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