We will be joining one of many "Ring of Fire" Annular Eclipse Observing parties in
National Parks along the path of annularity. Whiskeytown Rangers and local volunteer
groups will be supporting this event. The Park Rangers will have eclipse glasses
on hand on a first come first serve basis. You can also purchase #14 Welders Glass
available from local welding supply outlets. #14 only.
Remember do not look at the sun ever! not even during this eclipse without proper
eye protection. Use Eclipse Glasses or #14 welders glass.
DO NOT use eclipse glasses with Binoculars or Telescopes.
Saturday May 19 2012. Star Party The Shasta Astronomy Club will hold a Star Party
at the Mount Shasta Mine Loop Trailhead parking lot just off Page Bar Rd in the Whiskeytown
National Recreation Area. Map Link. Sunset to approx 12am. the pubic is welcome,
out of area amateur astronomers are encouraged to bring their scopes.
Sunday May 20 2012. Annular Solar Eclipse Viewing Party/Star Party
All Astronomy Enthusiasts are invited to see a very rare celestial event. Gather
at the Brandy Creek Beach parking lot (B). First contact between the Moon and Sun
at 5:11 pm. This location is really a nice spot in the park, get there early in the
day to enjoy the water and the beautiful surroundings. Later in the evening more
Astronomy! Whiskeytown will turn out the lights at this site and will set up yet
again for another Star Party! Again out of town amateur astronomers are welcome as
is the public.
There are many good locations in the area to view the Eclipse. This location has
all the benefits of being in a National Recreation Area and is also supported by
the National Park Service Night Sky Team. Whiskeytown is the Star Party Home of the
Shasta Astronomy Club so it was just natural to work things out with the Park Service
for their Ring of Fire Campaign. We hope you enjoy your stay in the Redding area
and hope to meet you out under the Stars on Saturday night or under our Star on Sunday
for the Annular Eclipse.
For those interested in the elevation angles from the observation area to the local
First picture, this mountain peak, Shasta Bally from the observation area is at azimuth
255 degrees its peak has an elevation angle of 11.7 degrees
Second Picture, ridge line at center of picture looks like two camel backs ,one ridge
is at 6.5 degrees elevation and the other 5.5 degrees elevation.
Third picture for more scale: notice the solar light fixture, to its right, the mountain
peak is at Azimuth 327.9 degrees and its angle of elevation is 4 degrees from the
Solar Eclipse Data for the Whiskeytown Eclipse viewing location.