We have been very fortunate to watch a lunar eclipse and now a partial solar eclipse here in California. The day started out very cloudy, unusual for here, but the clouds cleared about 20 minutes before the eclipse. Michael took the afternoon off and we made viewing boxes out of shoe-boxes, and then we made a whole viewing area. We attached some binoculars to a tripod, put some cardboard around it and projected the image onto some paper, worked a treat! The large solar flares on the sun are huge, so I was happy that I got those photographed. I believe they are known as AR 12192, the largest solar flares in this past 11 year solar maximum.