WAITING FOR THE
SOLAR AND LUNAR ECLIPSE OBSERVING
REPORTS AND OBSERVATIONS [PAST ECLIPSES]
TSE 2010 TATAKOTO, French Polynesia
Report from Bob Pine based in the town of Tumukuru
It may be a surprise to learn I watched the eclipse in relative isolation. After first contact, I found
several people at Madeleine's place had put the eclipse shades on and were watching the Sun -- I
showed them the flyer and reminded them that it was going to be a relatively long time until totality,
and they weren't supposed to stare at the Sun for long periods of time even with the eclipse shades.
The street that runs past Madeleine's was completely deserted and I surmised that everyone had
gone to the University of Hawaii camp to watch. Only Jean-Luc and Sophia wanted (or were able) to
go with me. We walked past the church and I noticed a little plaza in front -- it was such a tranquil
scene we just decided to watch from there. I had brought some binoculars and the eclipse was long
enough that the three of us were able to share.
At second and third contact, Sophia especially was very vocal with shouts of joy, and I also heard
shouts from unseen observers down the road. (Note that I heard similar shouts when Spain scored
the lone goal during the World Cup final.)
"Anastasia Madeleine Marie Sophia Jean-Luc"
I took a few snapshots with my point-and-shoot. One is attached. As I write this, the SEML is
consumed with a thread regarding camera flashes going off during totality. The irony of course is
I had my flash deactivated; were it turned on the church would have been illuminated to better
effect. (Jean-Luc and Sophia not being privy to the scandalous nature of such an action would
probably not have been perturbed.) Funny, I hadn't even noticed the light over the church entrance
On the way back we encountered Madeleine leaning against the wall opposite her house. She looked
happy but a bit tired - probably enjoyed the spectacle but also feeling relieved it had come off to
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Links to individual observer's reports and photographs
- Images from 70mm f6.2 APO refractor;
Bengt Alfredsson - Images from 200mm f2.8 APO telephoto;
Matthew Poulton - Flash gallery of pictures from a fantastic week on Tatakoto
Geoff Sims - Wide field and close up stills;
Emily Love - First timer's impressions of the eclipse.
Bill Speare - Written report.
Bob Pine - Bob's account of the eclipse from an almost deserted Tumukuru ( the town on Tatakoto). <- YOU ARE ON THIS PAGE