ECLIPSE OBSERVATION IN TEXAS
The earliest solar eclipse observation in the state of Texas was likely done from Fort Worth during the July 1878 total eclipse.
Soon after moving to Houston, Texas I set up a 5-inch refractor to project the sun during the September 1969 eclipse for employees of Lockheed Electronics Company.
In March 1970 I found myself in Valdosta, Georgia set up in front of a rooster pen. Not a good decision.
EARLIER AMATEUR ECLIPSE OBSERVATION IN THE USA
Elsewhere in the USA, other amateur astronomers, perhaps unnoticed, observed solar eclipses. One such amateur was Al Webber who in the photo below took images of the total solar eclipse of August 31, 1932 from Beachwood, Maine. Al was age 25 at the time and provided these images to me at age 99.
Flashbacks from RING OF FIRE EXPEDITIONS
First use of “Eclipse Gum” ever at the TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE, BATMAN, TURKEY 1999.
Using a Celestron 90 in the snow at the TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE in DARHAN, MONGOLIA 1997.
Richard Nugent (right) and Paul Maley on the Amazon River at the ANNULAR SOLAR ECLIPSE in PUINAHUIA, PERU 1995.
Post eclipse lunch at WATAMULA, CURACAO TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE 1998.
Providing the new observer briefing at the TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE IN LUSAKA, ZAMBIA 2001.