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John O'Neal has been an avid AMATEUR ASTRONOMER and astrophotographer for over 40 years. In 2007 he built an observatory and began imaging the sun. In 2012 he, along with fellow imagers, the Shivaks founded a social media site for solar imagers which has grown to include over 25,000 members worldwide and offers up to the minute amateur and pro images of our closest star from around the globe.

John is a NASA Solar System Ambassador, member of and contributor to ALPO and the AAVSO. His images can be found on his numerous websites, on MASA, ASTROBIN, PHOTOGRAPHING, FLICKR and on the SOLARACTIVITY FB site. (See the LINKS Tab.)

He has also authored numerous tutorials on solar imaging and has given countless presentations to the general public and to amateur and pro astronomers over the years. Most recently he has presented at SOLARFEST 2016, in Missouri, BOBFEST 2017 in NC, NEAIC 2017 in NY and Tri-Star 2017 in NC. His most recent solar star party contributions were at the Tri-Star event in NC, The Astronomy on the National Mall event in Washington DC which drew over 10,000 guests, and the Solar Star Party and Eclipse Presentation in Smiths Ferry, Idaho with over 4,000 participants..

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ISS Solar Transit Expedition of March 29th, 2011

Posted on March 29, 2011 at 12:00pm 1 Comment



On a whim last weekend I went to Calsky and checked to see if the ISS would be transiting the Sun in my area. I selected a 100mile radius assuming I would probably have to travel to see one of these somewhat rare events. Well, you can imagine my surprise to learn that a transit would be taking place less than 20miles from me in only 3 days. This blog entry will unfold the sequence of events that took place next.

Having never done this before I decided I had…


My Astronomical Weekend

Posted on February 20, 2011 at 12:47am 0 Comments

An Astronomical Weekend in February


During the third week of February, 2011 the winter freeze finally gave in to warmer, almost tepid temperatures, leaving many North Central Ohioans wanting for something to do. Cabin Fever was…


Welcome to my 'Blog

Posted on February 12, 2011 at 7:30pm 0 Comments

I love being out in my Observatory at night...

Sometimes I turn up the jams and dance for joy under the clear night skies. Sometime's you'll find me headbanging to some hard rock, other times I'm boot scootin to a country twanger, and sometimes I'm moonwalkin around the observatory on the deck. And don't be surprised when you hear Bach or Wagner's lofty tunes wafting upward into the vast emptiness of interstellar…

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At 6:10am on March 24, 2011, Bob Black said…
Hi John, did you build your PZT or buy it? I am going to try to build one and looking for some tips.I know there are instructions on the skyshed site but I don't want to spring for the components such as the different dome lockdowns. trying to figure out a different method for this application, bob
At 10:14pm on February 22, 2011, Wayne Parker said…
Thanks John!
At 2:56pm on February 13, 2011, Bob Black said…
Just watched your photo ensemble John. Great work. I see your better half enjoys the hobby as well, wish mine did!
Gets a bit lonely out there sometimes especially when you see something interesting and wish to share the excitement. bob
At 8:19pm on February 12, 2011, Trevor Woodrow said…
Welcome John! Aloha from Hawaii! Make yourself at home...and what is that Beast you are peering into?!?


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