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Ring of Fire Solar Eclipse -

20 May 2012


For this eclipse we chose to head to the Nevada desert to the east of Reno. The Lahontan Recreation Area, though slightly south of the centerline, provided a very nice viewing site with low horizons to the west and a picnic area where telescopes could be set up conveniently. The other marked spot on the first map below was directly on the centerline but was rejected because it was literally off the side of the highway. A site to the NW at Pyramid Lake was rejected because of a large new-age type gathering planned for eclipse day (presumably not compatible with eclipse photography).

Observing Sites Map of Lahontan Recreation Area