RECAP: 2017 Great American Eclipse

During the 2017 Great American Eclipse, Meade Instruments held a viewing party at Glendo State Park in Glendo, Wyoming. If you have yet to see a Total Solar Eclipse, we 100% - hands down - recommend for you to see one within your life time. It’s worth the trip.

At Glendo State Park, we had (3) LX850 Mounts set up, each with a side-by-side saddle rig. Made available to the public, people were able to swing by our booth to view into Hydrogen-alpha (Coronado SolarMax II 60 & 90mm and SolarMax III 70mm) as well as White-Light (Series 6000 APO 80mm & 130mm APOs and SolarMax III- all with the Meade Herschel Wedge) telescopes. The Hydrogen-alpha gave views of solar prominence and outer-rim activity while the White-Light gave detailed views of Sun Spots. Many people enjoyed looking through both filters while taking photos through the eyepieces with their cell phones to commemorate the event.

As soon as the Total Solar Eclipse started, the excitement in the crowd rose. Each person took a moment to look up into the sky to view an indescribable phenomenon. The closer it got to totality, the darker the sky became. Although not completely black, an eerie darkness took over the sky with silhouettes of people and mountains in the background. Moments before the Moon completely covered the Sun, every single person at the park became silent as they stared up into the sky with their solar glasses, binoculars, and telescopes. When the Sun became completely covered, everyone awed in amazement and goosebumps covered our bodies. Crickets stopped chirping and birds stopped tweeting. The temperature dropped 15-20 degrees. Silence filled the sky by nature but emotions filled the sky by people. There were screams of excitement and tears of happiness.

Hearing about an experience like this is one thing, but experiencing it for YOU is a completely different level. Each personal experience will vary but we as Meade are so lucky, grateful, and tremendously elated to be able to witness one of the most anticipated astronomical events of our lifetime.