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Re: 2017 total solar eclipse
« Reply #50 on: July 24, 2017, 09:14:47 am »
^^^

I've got an old welding helmet that I suspect will work just fine for viewing. I'll have to clean the glass tho...


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Re: 2017 total solar eclipse
« Reply #51 on: July 24, 2017, 03:13:18 pm »
Whatever you plan to use, try it on a headlight or other bright bulb to verify it works.  I also limited my eyeball viewing by spending time taking pictures.
As I recall from the annular eclipse, without totality it just feels cloudy, and passers-by didn't realize there was any eclipse.  I was set up in the parking lot at Fort Ticonderoga, north of Albany NY.  People parking to see the fort noticed me but nobody was "OMG I'M MISSING THE ECLIPSE". In other words, most of the time the sun will be bright enough to do serious damage.

BTW an annular eclipse is when the moon tries to make a real eclipse but it's too far away and can't block the whole sun at once.  Just in case you didn't know and didn't google.
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Re: 2017 total solar eclipse
« Reply #52 on: July 25, 2017, 01:33:44 pm »
Will leave northern Michigan on Friday. Will collect Randy and Stan
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Re: 2017 total solar eclipse
« Reply #53 on: July 25, 2017, 02:37:07 pm »
I've been keeping up with DOT info on this, and because this hasn't happened in modern times, there's no model to compare it to, there's no way to predict how things will be as far as traffic on major roads so be advised. I'm thinking of doing a RTE in Springfield Tennessee which is about 1 second from peak duration and there's room at the Resturant to camp out and watch, plus secondary roads in all directions.

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Re: 2017 total solar eclipse
« Reply #54 on: July 25, 2017, 02:38:53 pm »
If you have internet you can go to NOAA.gov then follow links to your local weather by entering City, State or zip code into a box and hit enter.  When you get to the page with current conditions and a forecast, scroll down until you see a small radar map next to a small satellite image.  The radar map will show you where it is raining and the "full loop" image will show which way it's all going.  Then use the back button until you see the small radar and satellite side by side.  This time click the satellite image.  It will show you one big image and 4 smaller ones.  The areas that are black on all the satellite images don't have clouds.  The colors you see are likely rain or drizzle.  White areas may be thin or not so thin clouds.
I've been checking the maps and asking myself where to go if the eclipse was tomorrow.  Seems like it's usually Missouri or Nebraska with Kansas City at the iffy line.
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Re: 2017 Total Eclipse
« Reply #55 on: July 25, 2017, 03:08:51 pm »
Below was posted on the first page as noted anyone is welcome to join in. We will arrive on Saturday the place does not take reservations but I emailed the manager and if you do not need hook ups he said he would find us a place.


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Re: 2017 total solar eclipse
« Reply #56 on: July 26, 2017, 02:41:17 pm »


Music for the trip....... :72:
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Re: 2017 total solar eclipse
« Reply #57 on: July 26, 2017, 02:51:12 pm »
 :great: This is my eclipse rig, minus solar filters.  It is positioned close to how the book says the sun will look from Grand Island, Nebraska.  The first bit of moon shadow will start at about 11:30 AM local time, first totality at about 2 minutes before 1 PM.  It says at maximum the altitude will be 60 degrees at an azimuth of 162 degrees.  I don't know if that's weird, being 18 degrees east of south an hour after noon, but I guess it's a combination of Daylight Savings Time and the Earth's orbit being a bit egg-shaped.  It will be educational anyway.
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Re: 2017 total solar eclipse
« Reply #58 on: July 26, 2017, 03:08:02 pm »
My hometown in Illinois is really trying to capitalize on this event because it is located at the point of greatest duration. At approximately 1:20 p.m. CDT on August 21, 2017, you can experience the total solar eclipse for 2 minutes and 38 seconds!

http://www.carbondaleeclipse.com/

Knowing their luck - it will be cloudy that day.
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Re: 2017 total solar eclipse
« Reply #59 on: July 26, 2017, 09:28:41 pm »
My hometown in Illinois is really trying to capitalize on this event because it is located at the point of greatest duration. At approximately 1:20 p.m. CDT on August 21, 2017, you can experience the total solar eclipse for 2 minutes and 38 seconds!

http://www.carbondaleeclipse.com/

Knowing their luck - it will be cloudy that day.

Yeah, it's going to be a real clusterfk in town that weekend. They're guessing 50k to 100k extra people in the area. Everything has been sold out for a year. SIUC sold out one of the towers they have scheduled for demo. Ozzie is playing at one of the wineries on Monday. SIUC move in weekend is the same time. Supposed to be downtown music festivals Saturday and Sunday. They're going to turn the town into a parking lot for three days.   ::)

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Re: 2017 total solar eclipse
« Reply #60 on: July 27, 2017, 01:33:32 pm »
My hometown in Illinois is really trying to capitalize on this event because it is located at the point of greatest duration. At approximately 1:20 p.m. CDT on August 21, 2017, you can experience the total solar eclipse for 2 minutes and 38 seconds!

http://www.carbondaleeclipse.com/

Knowing their luck - it will be cloudy that day.

Yeah, it's going to be a real clusterfk in town that weekend. They're guessing 50k to 100k extra people in the area. Everything has been sold out for a year. SIUC sold out one of the towers they have scheduled for demo. Ozzie is playing at one of the wineries on Monday. SIUC move in weekend is the same time. Supposed to be downtown music festivals Saturday and Sunday. They're going to turn the town into a parking lot for three days.   ::)


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Re: 2017 total solar eclipse
« Reply #61 on: July 27, 2017, 01:56:30 pm »


Here's some guidance for best locations versus cloud cover.


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Re: 2017 total solar eclipse
« Reply #62 on: July 27, 2017, 07:06:11 pm »
Hay thanks kv5e. We are planning to do the Nashville area.

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Re: 2017 total solar eclipse
« Reply #63 on: July 27, 2017, 09:14:40 pm »
We'll be in Denali on the 21st. So, I doubt we will be able to see much.
Plus,,, probably cloudy..
Was hoping to be passing thru the right area at the right time. But no luck...

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Re: 2017 total solar eclipse
« Reply #64 on: July 29, 2017, 02:35:09 am »
Planning a trip from the Cleveland area with my brother for this.  It will be his first tour and he bought a V-Strom instead of the Connie I tried talking him into...  :-[.  The plan is to bounce around KY for the week, we have a few destinations lined up.

We're staying in Evansville the weekend of the 19Th to check the weather and choose a destination for the eclipse.  Does anyone have a suggestion?  It doesn't happen until the afternoon and we can ride 2-3 hours before it.  I'd like to avoid the major cities and congestion if possible, but not counting on it.  We're not looking for a place to stay for the night, just to hang for the eclipse and be on our way. 

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Re: 2017 total solar eclipse
« Reply #65 on: July 30, 2017, 02:47:01 pm »
Today's Long Island (NY - no totality this time) quotes somebody who knows somebody who double booked in case the weather is bad at their first choice.  They same person posted on a Yahoo group about an entire hotel that was booked by 1 group that cancelled (in Wyoming).
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Re: 2017 total solar eclipse
« Reply #66 on: July 30, 2017, 07:03:26 pm »
Try Southern Illinois - head to Giant City Park or Garden of the Gods or better yet - ride up to the Bald Knob Cross of Peace
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Re: 2017 total solar eclipse
« Reply #67 on: July 30, 2017, 07:38:32 pm »
Planning a trip from the Cleveland area with my brother for this.  It will be his first tour and he bought a V-Strom instead of the Connie I tried talking him into...  :-[.  The plan is to bounce around KY for the week, we have a few destinations lined up.

We're staying in Evansville the weekend of the 19Th to check the weather and choose a destination for the eclipse.  Does anyone have a suggestion?  It doesn't happen until the afternoon and we can ride 2-3 hours before it.  I'd like to avoid the major cities and congestion if possible, but not counting on it.  We're not looking for a place to stay for the night, just to hang for the eclipse and be on our way.


Check out this on ADV Rider you will have to send him an email.

http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/total-solar-eclipse-august-21-2017-kentucky.1051764/page-3
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Re: 2017 total solar eclipse
« Reply #68 on: July 30, 2017, 11:55:19 pm »
I may be the last person to realize this, but today I realized that special glasses are being sold to view the eclipse.
I ordered a few pair that are supposed to fit over our glasses.
 Will see if they are dark e'nuff??
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Lots-Plastic-Solar-Eclipse-Glasses-Safe-Viewing-ISO-and-CE-Certified-August-21th-/232406162393?var=&hash=item361c7c9bd9:m:md_7CY0DP0hf1gtzm43Qx2Q
Supposedly Walmart carries them too.

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Re: 2017 total solar eclipse
« Reply #69 on: July 31, 2017, 08:52:36 am »
Ted,

Yeah, they are starting to pop out all over around here in convenience stores. Two bucks. Cheaply made... don't know about how effective they are. I'm still going to use my welding helmet tho. It has already proven its effectiveness. Sure, I'll look like a dork, but everyone will be looking up, right?

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Re: 2017 total solar eclipse
« Reply #70 on: August 01, 2017, 04:52:23 am »
Just be sure you have something made to view the sun safely.  There are regular sunglasses that use the word "Eclipse" in their brand and you won't be any more safe looking straight at the sun through them than you would be by chewing "Eclipse" chewing gum without any other protection.  Also, and this is experience talking, keep the optics out of reach of children who might try to use them without protection.  A kid grabbed my plain binoculars and went for the sun at a cub scout thing, I had to jump at grab them back before he blinded himself.
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« Reply #71 on: August 01, 2017, 07:45:18 am »
Well The Wizard has reservations in Astoria,Oregon,and the eclipse day is the wife and I's 25th anniversary.We will drive south towards Pacific City,Ore. for breakfast, hopefully, then watch the aliens arrival.From behind the moon they'll come. But all will be well. Any other Coggers going to be in the area.   Jerry
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Re: 2017 total solar eclipse
« Reply #72 on: August 01, 2017, 01:47:39 pm »
Ted,

Yeah, they are starting to pop out all over around here in convenience stores. Two bucks. Cheaply made... don't know about how effective they are. I'm still going to use my welding helmet tho. It has already proven its effectiveness. Sure, I'll look like a dork, but everyone will be looking up, right?

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Re: 2017 total solar eclipse
« Reply #73 on: August 02, 2017, 09:47:43 pm »
I may be the last person to realize this, but today I realized that special glasses are being sold to view the eclipse.
I ordered a few pair that are supposed to fit over our glasses.
 Will see if they are dark e'nuff??
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Lots-Plastic-Solar-Eclipse-Glasses-Safe-Viewing-ISO-and-CE-Certified-August-21th-/232406162393?var=&hash=item361c7c9bd9:m:md_7CY0DP0hf1gtzm43Qx2Q
Supposedly Walmart carries them too.

Ride safe, Ted


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Re: 2017 total solar eclipse
« Reply #74 on: August 05, 2017, 04:51:36 pm »
Your right. I will be in Alaska.
  To be exact, I will be on a horse ride in Denali on the 21st..

I know I wouldn't se a full eclipse..
I think everyone's forgetting that other area's will see a partial.

Hoping {maybe} I can {at least} see a partial Eclipse..
 I'm assuming good dark glasses will be more essential to see a partial..
    hmmm, What local time will it be in Denali when I would have the best chance??   :confuse:

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