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Eclipse Tours and More




USA Total Solar Eclipse
(2017 Aug. 12)
Details Here!


USA Total Solar Eclipse
(2017 Aug. 21)
Details Here!

Also See 2017


Indonesia Total Solar Eclipse

Indonesia Solar Eclipse
Makassar Strait
[2016 Mar. 9]

Australia Total Solar Eclipse

Australia Solar Eclipse
Queensland, Kangaroo Isl.
and Adelaide
[2012 November]

Norway Northern Lights Cruise
to Above Arctic Circle
[2010 March 10–21]

China Total Solar Eclipse
2009 China Total
Solar Eclipse

[2009 July]


(Links available for some but some links may not work correctly)

Caribbean Cruise Eclipse
[1998 Feb]
African Eclipse Safari
[2001 Jun]
Australia Outback
Solar Eclipse

[2002 Dec]
Transit of Venus
Italy, Athens & Crete

[2004 June]
Hybrid Solar Eclipse
Tahiti Cruise

[2005 April]
Astronomy, Archaeology
& Geology of Arizona

[2005 September]
Egypt Treasures &
Solar Eclipse

[2006 March]
China &
Solar Eclipse

[2009 July/Aug]


We intentionally limit the number of guests on our tours to no more than about forty. This helps insure close, personal attention by Continental Capers Travel personnel and our other escorts.


Marian Cohen, Travel Specialist (Click for Reservations)

Guests of Continental Capers have the services of Marian P. Cohen, an independent travel contractor and travel specialist with Continental Capers Travel, with more than thirty-five years experience in the travel business.

Ms. Cohen also holds bachelor and master degrees from the University of Michigan and Indiana University respectively. Early in her career she taught history and chemistry in public schools.

Ms. Cohen's expertise and experience involves all aspects of travel from individual bookings to group and specialty tours. This includes arranging and escorting unique adventure tours with her husband through their Voyages of Discovery Tours. The USA 2017 total eclipse tours will be the 12th specialized nature tour she has helped organize and escort.

Since 1963 Ms. Cohen has also traveled to eleven total and one annular eclipses of the Sun. She has also successfully observed both the 2004 and 2012 rare transits of Venus. She has been an active member of the local astronomy club (The Alachua Astronomy Club, Inc. or AAC) since its early beginnings, served as secretary for several years, and was made an honorary life member in 2012.

In addition, Continental Capers arranges for local, professional guides to accompany guests. Finally, all guests of Continental Capers have access to a professional scientist or naturalist traveling with the group.

Ms. Cohen is married to Professor Howard Cohen (see below), who also serves as a professional escort, coordinator and scientific advisor for their tours.

Scientific Consultant


Prof. Cohen (Click for his home page)

Continental Capers uses the services of Dr. Howard L. Cohen to help arrange and escort many of its specialty tours. Dr. Cohen is an emeritus professor in the Department of Astronomy at the University of Florida where he was on the faculty for over thirty-five years. He is an accomplished public speaker. His “down-to-earth” presentations use lively computer displays, which he has perfected through years of teaching at the University.

Dr. Cohen became engrossed with astronomy as an amateur sixty years ago. He subsequently studied astronomy, physics and math at the University of Michigan where he received his B.S. degree. Graduate work in astronomy at Indiana University led to Masters and Ph.D. degrees.

Dr. Cohen continues his interest in communicating his excitement of the heavens to others. He help found and organize a small, local amateur group in the 1970s (The Florida Astronomical Society, no longer in existence). However, in 1987 he also became a founding member of the Alachua Astronomy Club, Inc. (AAC), which has now grown into a major Florida amateur astronomy society. Over the years he has served in various club capacities as vice president, newsletter editor, program chair, web master and executive board member. He is a frequent speaker at club meetings and continues to contribute to the club's newsletter (FirstLight). In January 2012 Dr. Cohen and his wife, Marian, were awarded a 25-year service award.

As a teacher Professor Cohen has taught more than 15,000 students basic astronomy and science. He has also helped pioneer the use of multimedia for teaching astronomy at the University of Florida. Under a NASA grant during the 1990s Dr. Cohen prepared and taught workshops in Florida schools to introduce teachers to the basics of image processing.

For a while in the 1960's he was a visiting astronomer at Lowell Observatory doing photometric work on the Sun and binary stars. He was also active in their public outreach programs. A favorite activity was introducing visitors to Lowell's unique history and facilities.

Research interests have spanned a variety of projects including eclipsing binaries and star clusters, lunar and asteroid occultations, eclipses and calendars. During the 1980s Dr. Cohen was first to test a prototype of a new Air Force ground-based electro-optical deep-space system (GEODSS) for the detection of asteroids and comets.

During the late 1980s Dr. Cohen was also a technical consultant, speaker and regional sales manager for Meade Instruments, Inc., a leading manufacturer of astronomical telescopes for the serious amateur. He also arranged and presented dozens of Meade telescope training workshops for store personnel.

Totality: 1991 July 11 (Click to enlarge)
China Total Solar Eclipse
Anji County, China, 2009 July 22
Success Though Overcast Skies Threatened
(Composite Image Here)

In 1998 and 1999 he helped the Alachua Astronomy Club, Inc. (AAC) conceptualize a series of large, sky murals for the lobby of a local movie theater (Royal Park 16) originally owned by Eastern Federal Corp. (The Royal Park 16 is now the Regal Royal Park 16 and owned by the Regal Entertainment Group.) In addition, he helped design an astronomical theme for a Tampa, Florida transportation plaza. In 1998, Dr. Cohen became a consultant to the Gainesville Art in Public Places Trust to help a Florida artist and the AAC design, build and erect a scale model of the solar system along a one-mile stretch of road in Gainesville.

Dr. Cohen has traveled to eleven total and two annual solar eclipses and successfully observed the 2004 and 2012 rare transits of Venus. He has helped organize and lead successful eclipse tours to the Caribbean (1998), an exciting African eclipse safari (2001), and a sensational Australian eclipse tour in 2002. Other tours he has helped plan and escort include the rare transit of Venus to Crete in 2004, eclipse tours to the South Pacific (2005) and Egypt (2006), a unique astronomy, archaeology and geology tour of Arizona (2005), a successful China eclipse tour (2009), and a beautiful Norway Northern Lights Cruise (2010).

In the spring of 2012 he and his wife conducted a private tour to view both the May annular solar eclipse and the June transit of Venus. In the fall of 2012 he helped escort another tour, the 2012 Australia Total Eclipse of November 14, and help lead a successful eclipse cruise on Holland America's ms Volendam for the March 9, 2016 Indonesia total solar eclipse.

He now looks forward to the upcoming Great American Eclipse of 2017 from Madras, Oregon, a location he chose several years ago based on his analysis of eclipse weather and now reported to have the best weather prospects in the the USA for this total eclipse.

Dr. Cohen occasionally dabbles in sky related and other photography. (See his picture pages.)

Dr. Cohen is a member of the Alachua Astronomy Club, Inc., American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Astronomical Society, Association of Lunar & Planetary Observers, Astronomical Society of the Pacific, International Dark Sky Association, International Planetarium Society, Royal Astronomical Society of Great Britain, and Sigma Xi: The Scientific Research Society.

Read article, "When the Sun Goes Dark by Prof. Cohen
(from Senior Times Magazine, May 2009, pp. 27)

« Go to Professor Cohen's Home Page for Additional Biographical Info and Pictures »

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