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Old 08-19-2017, 02:58 AM #1
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Hey Guys kinda late to start this but seeing as no one else did. What are yalls Plans.
I'm leaving in the morning For Natural tunnel In the tip of Virginia Then Heading down to the Sweetwater Tn area for the eclipse. We are gonna just wing it as we have no official place to camp.


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I just plan to set my alarm before the eclipse starts and get myself prepared for the show. I don't think I've ever seen an eclipse, so am pretty excited

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I was hoping to camp in Wyoming, but I had an unexpected severe medical issue a month ago that I need to follow up with on Tuesday and can't reschedule.

I'm just going to watch the partial with a bunch of my friends. Still should be just over 80% though.
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I'm just going to watch the partial with a bunch of my friends. Still should be just over 80% though.
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i have a solid but cheap camera rig so i can try to film everything there is to film in my front yard so i dont have people screaming and yellong and stuff
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For the past 4 days the forecast up here was for clear
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Yeah, it's supposed to be partly cloudy here. I'm hoping the part that's cloudy is not the morning. I plan on setting my Alexa to get me up in plenty of time to see, and possibly photograph it. It's been about 25 years since my last solar eclipse and that one was only 60%. I really want a good seat for this one.
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Just checked the weather report for Monday again
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Wish these guys would make up their minds...

That reminds me... Gotta buy some cold beer...

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I'm not in america, but was around at the '99 eclipse that was widely visible in europe.

I'd advise to go somewhere where the eclips is total, the difference between partial and total is enourmous. Back in 99 i went to the bulgarian coast, and even moved to a city 50 km or so north to where we were staying to get the maximum time. Moving slightly further north into romania would have been a few seconds longer but that was to easy back then.

Nowadays there are good systems that display where clouds are as well, so you could probably reach a good viewing location that is both in the totality and has no cloud cover more easily. Back them we just got very lucky with the weather, clear skies down in bulgaria while a lot of people in central europe missed out due to cloud cover.

I'm sad i wans't able to make travel arragements to see this one, as far as i know it will be the last one on reasonably accessible soil in my lifetime.
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I'm not in america, but was around at the '99 eclipse that was widely visible in europe.

I'd advise to go somewhere where the eclips is total, the difference between partial and total is enourmous. Back in 99 i went to the bulgarian coast, and even moved to a city 50 km or so north to where we were staying to get the maximum time. Moving slightly further north into romania would have been a few seconds longer but that was to easy back then.

Nowadays there are good systems that display where clouds are as well, so you could probably reach a good viewing location that is both in the totality and has no cloud cover more easily. Back them we just got very lucky with the weather, clear skies down in bulgaria while a lot of people in central europe missed out due to cloud cover.

I'm sad i wans't able to make travel arragements to see this one, as far as i know it will be the last one on reasonably accessible soil in my lifetime.
You must have $$$ spewing out of your butt...
I can't afford to take off a few days and buy
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Well know, otherwise i would have flown to the states to watch this one obviously.

It's just that if you are somewhat close to a point of totalily it is worth to cover the extra distance - like a 200 mile car ride or somethinig.

A non-total eclipse is just not spectacular to watch. Obviously i've seen that before and after totality in '99, and it doesn't seem even strange. The sun is a bit dimmer, but that difference is no larger than a bit of a hazy day vs a totally clear one.

The moment totality hits though: instant night, wildlife goes crazy, you get the specacular ring around the moon and all of that. Even a 90% coverage will have none of that.

I hope to see one again, perhaps in 2034 or 2042, which seem a lifetime away
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Here is a neat animation for illustrating the partial aspects of the eclipse.

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That was a very good animation. It showed how much and at what times the eclipse can be seen and, especially, when totality will occur. Had to watch it a few times to see everything it was showing.
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Wow, that eclipse is moving quickly on that tool. It covers like half the USA in 1 hour! This should be a good show

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I sure is as fast as it is spectacular. For the 99 one i managed to travel to about the best possible place on earth to see it and got over 3 minutes of totality, buy you need to be in a fairly narrow path to get totalily at all.

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