Chaco was packed. So much so, that the rangers were towing vehicles out, locking down parking, and making people shuttle in to the canyon sites. We set up at the western-most designated viewing area in the Canyon. Countless dozens of people lined up to view through our telescopes and watch the eclipse through the live screens. We helped people take pictures of the eclipse afocally using their digicams, smartphones, etc. Many people got involved with us making our "trick/illusion" photos as time went on. One gentleman helped us stage a trick shot using his welders #14 glass plate - included below. Aurora and I also began building ad-hoc solar projection cameras for people and showing them how to cast eclipse shadows using various methods - including a few Pringles cans we brought with us. At maximum, the temp dropped approximately 10 degrees F. What we had waited for was the sunset. The eclipse was waning still, but crossed behind the far canyon wall, with formations and vegetation showing up as silhouettes against the sun. Sunspots, and lunar mountain ridges were clearly visible through the Dob, and showed up clearly in some of our images. It was simply amazing.
I hope you enjoy the images as much as we enjoyed them. More to come as I finish processing them.