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Re: 2017 total solar eclipse
« Reply #25 on: February 20, 2017, 06:47:11 pm »
Two lane roads in this part of the world are ubeliveably fast for anyone that is from the more densly populated parts of the USA.  If you are in Nebraska / Kansas or Rural Missouri, you will be able to travel at 60mph.  Also if you are in NE/KS it will be even faster, and it is usally 30-40 miles between towns so it is WIDE OPEN, and you can also go miles without seeing anybody else.  As far as I-70 to the east (between KC and STL is very congested by our standards).  US36 between St. Joe and Hanible is all four lane now, and is much less crowded, that is the way I usually go if I have the time.

Cell service is questionable, and 4GLTE is great near the cities and along the interstate, but it does get sparse quickly once you are outside of those areas.

On a side note, the region is beginning to market the event.  I was in Atchison yesterday, and they had a big billboard welcoming folks to view the eclipse. 

You have my email, so feel free to reach out. 

Wow, less than 100 miles from my house to the primary path...   Anyone want to bring their welding googles and hang out in KC next year?
Mike, There's a Walmart in St. Joseph, MO that is close to the centerline.
How are the non-interstate roads in case it looks like a 2 hour drive from there would make a difference?  As of now the MO/Kansas option is looking like a safe bet.
To the east there's a good stretch of I-70 running diagonally through the path, too.
Is the cell service good, or do you need to find wi-fi?
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Re: 2017 total solar eclipse
« Reply #26 on: March 15, 2017, 01:45:17 pm »
This thing is going to be too close to not go!

I am about 50 miles north of Lincoln, so I can be in the center-line of the path in an hour. Maybe a lunch run to Lincoln that day?

Something to discuss at the COG breakfast this Saturday morning...

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Re: 2017 total solar eclipse
« Reply #27 on: March 15, 2017, 01:56:36 pm »
Repositioning due to cloud cover is easiest in NE or KS.

You can get the gist of the WX a few days before the eclipse to finalize a target ellipse.

This is "reverse storm chasing" as far as finding an optimal area.

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Re: 2017 total solar eclipse
« Reply #28 on: June 21, 2017, 12:29:51 am »
If you miss this one there's another in 2024....https://www.greatamericaneclipse.com/april-8-2024/

We will definitely have  a South Central event for this one! I can stay at home!

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Re: 2017 total solar eclipse
« Reply #29 on: June 21, 2017, 12:56:00 am »
I for one, am glad the moon is not a magnifying glass.
The path will be almost directly over my house here in Casper, WY.

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Re: 2017 total solar eclipse
« Reply #30 on: June 21, 2017, 03:33:57 am »
For anyone looking to seeing this, do yourselves a favor and get some eye protection. You can get eclipse viewing specks for about a dollar on eBay! Happy viewing! :great:
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Re: 2017 total solar eclipse
« Reply #31 on: June 22, 2017, 06:18:24 am »
I think I have 40 pairs of "eclipse glasses" left.  I bought the 25 pack, got it by mail, then they apologized for mis-counting them (the count was right) and they shipped me 25 more.  I gave 10 away so far.  My source was Sky & Telescope, I think their store is ShopAtSky.com and the 25 pack was maybe $25?
I'm watching the path of TS Cindy and it seems like everything SE of St Joe MO could be at risk if there's a similar storm in August.
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Re: 2017 total solar eclipse
« Reply #32 on: June 22, 2017, 09:44:00 am »
If you miss this one there's another in 2024....https://www.greatamericaneclipse.com/april-8-2024/

We will definitely have  a South Central event for this one! I can stay at home!

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Re: 2017 total solar eclipse
« Reply #33 on: June 22, 2017, 02:16:46 pm »
Arkansas won't do for this year's eclipse.  Check NASA.gov and search for eclipse to get free info.
I would like to see some of Kansas City's underground stuff, if I have the chance, and maybe drop in on MizzouMike, but this is really weather dependent stuff.  I'm dragging SWMBO  almost as far as she's willing to go already so if I want to go more NW I'll likely end up going straight east on the way home.  With good weather, the southeast options are closer to family.
In any case, slow passengers could ruin the high-mobility plan (I still think like a "single" guy).
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Re: 2017 total solar eclipse
« Reply #34 on: June 22, 2017, 02:19:31 pm »
Arkansas won't do for this year's eclipse.  Check NASA.gov and search for eclipse to get free info.
I would like to see some of Kansas City's underground stuff, if I have the chance, and maybe drop in on MizzouMike, but this is really weather dependent stuff.  I'm dragging SWMBO  almost as far as she's willing to go already so if I want to go more NW I'll likely end up going straight east on the way home.  With good weather, the southeast options are closer to family.
In any case, slow passengers could ruin the high-mobility plan (I still think like a "single" guy).

Look above and we are referencing the 2024 eclipse........... Mountain View would be a good venue too.

Sorry you missed the context in the quotes........ :beerchug:
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Re: 2017 total solar eclipse
« Reply #35 on: June 22, 2017, 07:29:23 pm »
This thing is just north of me about 25 miles or so. It's suppose to cross the Kentucky/Tennessee state line close to Keysburg Ky. May have to call a Connie picnic ride on this one, you'll have to bring your own food and drink because I doubt you can get anything along the path of the eclipse. A lot of stuff will be closed and what's not will be crowded.

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Re: 2017 total solar eclipse
« Reply #36 on: June 22, 2017, 11:15:29 pm »
The town of 20K here in southern ILL-inois is expecting upwards 100k in for the weekend. One of the wineries has got a three day music fest with Ozzy on stage on Monday at eclipse time.
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Re: 2017 total solar eclipse
« Reply #37 on: June 23, 2017, 04:38:21 am »
...Look above and we are referencing the 2024 eclipse........... Mountain View would be a good venue too.

Sorry you missed the context in the quotes........ :beerchug:
I saw that, I was just worried that somebody might make the mistake that you thought I made... um, you know what I mean, right?
I'm going to have to research what's going on in St. Joe just in case it gets too crowded.  As a backup plan I'm guessing the bigger the city the more people who won't care if, when, or where there is an eclipse. 
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Re: 2017 total solar eclipse
« Reply #38 on: June 23, 2017, 10:12:34 am »
...Look above and we are referencing the 2024 eclipse........... Mountain View would be a good venue too.

Sorry you missed the context in the quotes........ :beerchug:
I saw that, I was just worried that somebody might make the mistake that you thought I made... um, you know what I mean, right?
I'm going to have to research what's going on in St. Joe just in case it gets too crowded.  As a backup plan I'm guessing the bigger the city the more people who won't care if, when, or where there is an eclipse.

That is exactly why I've chosen the Gulag of Nebraska........eclipse follows a major state highway and re-positioning in case of cloud cover is easy.
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Re: 2017 total solar eclipse
« Reply #39 on: June 25, 2017, 01:17:58 pm »
What equipment do you plan to use, or what will you do?  I hope to:
1. See it, see if there are stars visible, see the corona, see what birds do etc.
2. It would be great to get a photo with stars in it, then compare that to a similar photo taken at night 6 months from now.  That is likely the most scientific thing I can accomplish.  I read a book that said the photos proving Einstein's theory weren't all that great for proving the theory (that gravity bends the starlight).  A wide-angle picture is relatively easy to do.  If anything it could show how much starlight doesn't bend.
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Re: 2017 total solar eclipse
« Reply #40 on: June 25, 2017, 04:53:21 pm »
If you miss this one there's another in 2024....https://www.greatamericaneclipse.com/april-8-2024/

We will definitely have  a South Central event for this one! I can stay at home!

Bringing this back to life. Where is that South Central Event going to be :)

I will also be in the Gulag of Nebraska unless something better pops up
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Re: 2017 total solar eclipse
« Reply #41 on: June 25, 2017, 05:29:11 pm »
Just saw this. We will be at Anchorage or Denalli on the 21st.
Will we be able to see it from there?

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Re: 2017 total solar eclipse
« Reply #42 on: June 25, 2017, 09:51:18 pm »
Nope, not for the totality. You may get about 1/2 coverage, but it's really underwhelming compared to a totality. Even Portland, Ore. is too far north to see the totality.

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Re: 2017 total solar eclipse
« Reply #43 on: June 25, 2017, 09:57:58 pm »
Just saw this. We will be at Anchorage or Denalli on the 21st.
Will we be able to see it from there?

Ride safe, Ted

From the way I understand the map you will get nothing. Better cancel your trip, you can go to Alaska anytime :)
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Re: 2017 total solar eclipse
« Reply #44 on: June 25, 2017, 11:00:49 pm »
Cancel the trip??
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Re: 2017 total solar eclipse
« Reply #45 on: July 21, 2017, 07:53:33 pm »
What equipment do you plan to use, or what will you do?  I hope to:
1. See it, see if there are stars visible, see the corona, see what birds do etc.
2. It would be great to get a photo with stars in it, then compare that to a similar photo taken at night 6 months from now.  That is likely the most scientific thing I can accomplish.  I read a book that said the photos proving Einstein's theory weren't all that great for proving the theory (that gravity bends the starlight).  A wide-angle picture is relatively easy to do.  If anything it could show how much starlight doesn't bend.

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Re: 2017 total solar eclipse
« Reply #46 on: July 23, 2017, 07:58:39 am »
My main plan is to have an old  Nikon FA 35mm doing the close up shots through a 10X-30X spotter scope.  I got a nice picture of an annular eclipse with that setup.  I used 2 layers of space blanket as a filter and ISO100 film.  The old Nikon has a simple +/- needle for exposure that worked well (though it was an F2 that time).  I'll use a digital Nikon for the wide field, hopefully catching stars during totality with the zoom set for 28mm and digital "ISO1600 film".  I need to get some practice shots in at night but the corona may be bright (I can't recall seeing a total eclipse before so I don't know what to expect).  My digital camera is also old so it doesn't make movies.
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Re: 2017 total solar eclipse
« Reply #47 on: July 23, 2017, 11:03:15 pm »
Less than one month away. Does everyone have there plans in place ?
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Re: 2017 total solar eclipse
« Reply #48 on: July 23, 2017, 11:24:48 pm »
Just saw this. We will be at Anchorage or Denalli on the 21st.
Will we be able to see it from there?

Ride safe, Ted

Don't know, but if you get to see Denali (the mountain) without clouds, you're lucky. We caught it cloud free, deep in the park in about 1989--- MAGNFICIENT!
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Re: 2017 total solar eclipse
« Reply #49 on: July 23, 2017, 11:37:26 pm »
Less than one month away. Does everyone have there plans in place ?

Plans are closing the shop on Friday evening, stopping by the food and booze store on the way home and not coming off the ranch til Tuesday morning work. This town is going to turn into a parking lot. They've even got Ozzie booked to play one of the wineries Monday.
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