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PostPosted: Thu Aug 17, 2017 7:30 am 
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Many school systems were smart enough to shift liability back to the parents. I'm not inclined to trust a flimsy device mass produced in China to prevent burned retinas. Hospitality in prime viewing zones are sold out, transportation folks are issuing warnings. Improper precautions and bad planning is like playing zone in NE.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 17, 2017 11:51 am 
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I'm just waiting for the movie

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I live in the path of totality, and apparently we're expecting up to 500k people to flock in for this thing. Hotels have been fully booked for a year.

They're calling for thunderstorms on Monday. :lol:

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Dang, Old School, I just came in to start a thread but there you are!

Brothers and I are flying into SLC Saturday and then off to the centerline of the eclipse totality in the backwoods of Idaho, avoiding the crowds and major highways. Right now Wyoming is sweating it with clouds and T-storms in the forecast, but so far Idaho & Oregon are looking clear and hot for Monday. Fingers crossed.

Scoped it out a year ago and got our rooms for a fraction of current going rates (I've seen up to $ 1,100 a night :shock: ) which of course is nuts, but I guess for some of these small town businesses this is a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Don't forget the specs or "you'll put your eye out!" 8-)

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Reports that folks waited in lines for up to 7 hours to buy glasses confirms that Monday is going to be a wild & crazy day. National Transportation now saying millions of vehicles will be traveling into prime viewing spots and all construction zones and restricted lanes are to be cleared.


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 Post subject: Re: Eclipse
PostPosted: Fri Aug 18, 2017 8:16 am 
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Or they could just make a pinhole viewer for free.

this will be the 2nd eclipse in my area in my lifetime. The first had heavy clouds. i cannot get excited about this unless this will cause a zombie apocalypse, witch burning or sacrifice of a sun god/emperor. Even then I will just wait for the news

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 Post subject: Re: Eclipse
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jebrick wrote:
Or they could just make a pinhole viewer for free.

this will be the 2nd eclipse in my area in my lifetime. The first had heavy clouds. i cannot get excited about this unless this will cause a zombie apocalypse, witch burning or sacrifice of a sun god/emperor. Even then I will just wait for the news



I don't want to watch the thing's shadow on a box. I'll just take some quick glances here and there ;)

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 Post subject: Re: Eclipse
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OK, that was pretty damn cool. Anyone else have a chance to be in the path?

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Pabst wrote:
OK, that was pretty damn cool. Anyone else have a chance to be in the path?


I saved my eyes and watched it on NASA's site, which made me wish I was in the path of totality.

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Pabst wrote:
OK, that was pretty damn cool. Anyone else have a chance to be in the path?



Watched from our deck, we were dead center in path of totality. The word awesome has lost its meaning but this was truly awesome. Darkness in middle of a sunny day. The cricket symphony erupted, they thought it was night. Like God threw a switch the light came back on.


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 Post subject: Re: Eclipse
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Old School Steeler wrote:
Pabst wrote:
OK, that was pretty damn cool. Anyone else have a chance to be in the path?



Watched from our deck, we were dead center in path of totality. The word awesome has lost its meaning but this was truly awesome. Darkness in middle of a sunny day. The cricket symphony erupted, they thought it was night. Like God threw a switch the light came back on.

Temperature change was really noticeable as well. We were 90 and humid and it dropped into the 70s for a few minutes.

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 Post subject: Re: Eclipse
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Pabst wrote:
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Pabst wrote:
OK, that was pretty damn cool. Anyone else have a chance to be in the path?



Watched from our deck, we were dead center in path of totality. The word awesome has lost its meaning but this was truly awesome. Darkness in middle of a sunny day. The cricket symphony erupted, they thought it was night. Like God threw a switch the light came back on.

Temperature change was really noticeable as well. We were 90 and humid and it dropped into the 70s for a few minutes.



Wow. Where were you watching this from that the temperature dropped like that?

Sadly, I was at work in upstate, NY and not much was noticeable here ( I heard we only got 70% blockage) as this area is for the most part, fucking grey. If the sky turns blue it seems to be replaced by grey more than not. God I hate this fuckin area after living in the South.


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 Post subject: Re: Eclipse
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I watched it from my office here in Pittsburgh. It was pretty underwhelming. Barely even noticed any difference in lighting. No temp changes or anything.

Seeing the eclipse itself through some glasses was kinda cool. But overall, wasn't really worth leaving my desk.


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Pabst wrote:
Old School Steeler wrote:
Pabst wrote:
OK, that was pretty damn cool. Anyone else have a chance to be in the path?



Watched from our deck, we were dead center in path of totality. The word awesome has lost its meaning but this was truly awesome. Darkness in middle of a sunny day. The cricket symphony erupted, they thought it was night. Like God threw a switch the light came back on.

Temperature change was really noticeable as well. We were 90 and humid and it dropped into the 70s for a few minutes.



Yes, forgot to mention that. In the snap of a finger went from sweaty, squinting uncomfortable sunny heat to comfortable with a cooling breeze. Stars became visible, Venus in the SW sky. Traffic this morn again abominable, everyone returning home. Best reactions are from the kids who were laughing with amazement.


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 Post subject: Re: Eclipse
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Sounds fantastic. Here in NYC, at peak it was 72% coverage; it was cool to see. But virtually no change in light or temperature.


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 Post subject: Re: Eclipse
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I'm in Columbia, MO. Watched at a friend's house that was a stone's throw from the dead center of the line of totality. Here's a photo from where we were watching (its linked from facebook, so hopefully it shows):

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It wasn't as dark as it seems in that picture. It was dusk-level of darkness, not pitch black. I did see Venus (as Old School mentioned), but we had some light cloud cover that hid most of the stars.

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 Post subject: Re: Eclipse
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Steel Drummer wrote:
Sounds fantastic. Here in NYC, at peak it was 72% coverage; it was cool to see. But virtually no change in light or temperature.
Here in NYC as well. Stepped out with a couple of pieces of cardboard and a pin hole. Looked cool. The trees made smily faces all over the sidewalk since it wasn't a total eclipse.

But I saw one overseas on October 3, 2005. Sky went dark, birds quieted down. It was surreal.

But that's a spectacular image pabst.

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 Post subject: Re: Eclipse
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Pabst wrote:
I'm in Columbia, MO. Watched at a friend's house that was a stone's throw from the dead center of the line of totality. Here's a photo from where we were watching (its linked from facebook, so hopefully it shows):

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It wasn't as dark as it seems in that picture. It was dusk-level of darkness, not pitch black. I did see Venus (as Old School mentioned), but we had some light cloud cover that hid most of the stars.


Wow that is insanely awesome. In Pittsburgh it was something like 80% totality, not real noticeable, but around 245 there was a strange, hazy, greenish look outside. In 7 years Erie Pa will be in the totality "path" and Pittsburgh is supposed to be in the 90% range.


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 Post subject: Re: Eclipse
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Luca Brasi wrote:
Pabst wrote:
I'm in Columbia, MO. Watched at a friend's house that was a stone's throw from the dead center of the line of totality. Here's a photo from where we were watching (its linked from facebook, so hopefully it shows):

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It wasn't as dark as it seems in that picture. It was dusk-level of darkness, not pitch black. I did see Venus (as Old School mentioned), but we had some light cloud cover that hid most of the stars.


Wow that is insanely awesome. In Pittsburgh it was something like 80% totality, not real noticeable, but around 245 there was a strange, hazy, greenish look outside. In 7 years Erie Pa will be in the totality "path" and Pittsburgh is supposed to be in the 90% range.


Some might say Franco Madden in Idaho or millions of others who traveled to prime areas were extreme, after experiencing the wonder of it I will be traveling in 7 years because this event is so damn incredible I can't miss the 2 minutes of amazement. The 2 minutes of connecting to the cosmos is unforgettable. Even moreso pondering why we have the only moon in the solar system with certain unique qualities. Our moon doesn't rotate and it's the exact size and stategically situated to shield us on ocassion from the sun.

Great shot Pabst


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 Post subject: Re: Eclipse
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I am renting out 3'x3' parts of my lawn for 2024 total eclipse in Indianapolis. :D

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 Post subject: Re: Eclipse
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jebrick wrote:
I am renting out 3'x3' parts of my lawn for 2024 total eclipse in Indianapolis. :D


Paul Allen is renting out 3'x3' parts of the deck of the Indianapolis although I'd rather be on your lawn and closer to the shrimp cocktails at the St Elmos bar.


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 Post subject: Re: Eclipse
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Boys, I'm nearly speechless (pretty unusual -- just ask my wife :lol: ). But I'm trying to put the total experience into words.

It was mindblowing. If you've ever seen anything in nature that blew you away --- a gorgeous sunset in Hawaii, the end of a thunderstorm in Yosemite, the Milky Way sparkling over the desert on a summer night . . . this went far beyond. The 2 minutes of totality seemed like it was over in 10 seconds but still keeps replaying in my head two days later.

All the cool related phenomena, like the "darkness at noon", the colors of the surrounding mountains and valleys suddenly going monochrome, the cool wind dropping the temperature, the eerie 360° sunset -- even all that paled when we suddenly witnessed the blackest black hole imaginable in the middle of a charcoal sky, rimmed by a dazzling, undulating silver/white plasma cloud flowing out in waves into the surrounding space. Just spectacular.

I almost always have a camera in my hands but heeded the advice of experts and didn't try to take pictures since many better photographers were sure to be capturing it (like that great shot Pabst posted). I gotta say though that even the best photos & videos do not come close. The difference between being in the 99% area and 100% was everything.

Just got back to So Cal w/my brothers . . . flew 700 miles each way, then drove over 1,000 miles total, scouting out alternative locations, were prepared to sleep in the rental SUV if necessary but thankfully made it back each night to our "base station" hotel . . . it was worth every penny.

BTW, agree with your observations and comments, Old School. Only adds to the "physical" and "material" elements of the event.

Sure hope the skies are clear in April 2024 for the next one . . . :) . . . this time it's 4 minutes of totality :o

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Damn, franco, you are getting absolutely poetic! I have to seriously consider making a stronger effort for 2024.


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The 2024 path is dead center over my house. No doubt it will be cloudy. Cause Cleveland.

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Damn, franco, you are getting absolutely poetic! I have to seriously consider making a stronger effort for 2024.

Would definitely encourage you to do so, SD -- don't think you'll regret it.

I've seen several partial eclipses over the years and was never too impressed. I'm not a space nerd or anything but when I started reading the descriptions of what it's like at "ground zero" of totality on the Great American Eclipse website a year ago, plus the fact that (for a change) this one wasn't happening in outer Mongolia or somewhere, I was hooked.

I dunno, maybe it helps if you're a nature- or art-lover, but I saw some previously cynical, uninterested people going gaga afterwards -- pretty hard to not be impressed by the spectacle, and very unlike any other thing you'll ever see.

Just gotta begin researching the historical cloud-cover patterns for early April along the 2024 route (doesn't guarantee clear skies but really helps when you're far-advance planning) . . . Guess Y-Town already helpfully provided the long-range Cleveland forecast :lol: . . . thinking southern Texas could work . . . hopefully there won't be an early start to tornado season in the mid-west that year. :shock:

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