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#1 GaryLShelton

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Posted 17 August 2017 - 03:54 AM

Hey, I hope everyone who's planning on viewing the upcoming major event is prepared with safe glasses for viewing. The ones I bought tonight are the recommended ISO Rated ones and hopefully safe. All I know is that I can't see the bright florescent light directly over my head with them on so they seem good! I also bought this nifty map of the USA showing the path of totality and the percentages less as you get farther away.

In my 57 years this will be the first eclipse I've ever seen so really looking forward to it. You guys in Europe will miss this one but I'm betting there will be more live coverage and cell phone video taken of this event than anything in history. It will probably destroy cell phone cameras...maybe the cell phone manufacturers caused the eclipse to sell more phones! lol. :)

I'll be viewing the event near St. Louis, Missouri. Here's a couple of pics of my stuff.

Solar Eclipse Map and Glasses https://imgur.com/gallery/ZtXBM
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Posted 18 August 2017 - 02:00 AM

I'm almost 50 and it will be my first total eclipse too.  I'm just west of Knoxville, TN.  It starts here at 2:33pm (6:33pm GMT) and will last for 37 seconds.  Really looking forward to it.  A lot of people are taking the day off from work around here. 



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Posted 21 August 2017 - 02:35 AM

That is on the shorter side. I'm going to be in the Carbondale, Illinois area tomorrow where we're supposed to get 2:39 of it, I believe. Here's a site with every city, town, village, or hamlet in The Path of Totality.

http://www.eclipse20...in_the_path.htm

Hey, be careful, DR! Forget the obvious glasses issue, protect yourself from distracted drivers running into you! There are bound to be tons of accidents tomorrow.

Going to be cool.... :)

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Posted 21 August 2017 - 04:09 AM

Be very careful.  Don't hurt your eyes.

 

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Posted 22 August 2017 - 08:14 PM

How was the eclipse? I've heard reports that it was underwhelming...

 

There should be videos on Youtube in the coming days for those who were outside the US during the event.


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Posted 22 August 2017 - 11:56 PM

In Florida it was underwhelming. It didn't even get darker IMO. I didn't have any glasses and I didn't really care. We were off the mark by about 400 miles. All you need to search for is NASA. They will have great images and the whole thing start to finish.


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Posted 23 August 2017 - 01:06 AM

Unfortunately, I had to leave the eclipse zone for a family emergency and was in Cincinnati yesterday.  The light noticeably dimmed there.  It was a strange effect.  Not exactly like a cloud overcast.  More like wearing sunglasses.  Knoxville experienced total darkness though.  It was quite phenomenal from what I am told...


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Posted 23 August 2017 - 04:06 AM

For all those people who hear the "underwhelming" comments, make sure you know who you are hearing them from. Anyone who was not in the path of totality was not going to see much. The qualitative difference between 85% and 100% is ENORMOUS! I was personally in downtown Carbondale, Illinois and the view I had, though sadly obscured by a single ginormous cloud for three of the wrongest (yeah, coined) minutes ever, was amazing for the darkness that descended on everyone there. I filmed the sun and moon doing their dance for 5 very normal and bright seconds before the cloud moved in and you could hear the groan of a thousand people who knew the awful truth: that the cloud wasn't moving fast enough! Behind the cloud, at first, things were still fairly normally bright. Then, the show began taking place behind the cloud and the darkness descended quickly on Carbondale, even though we could not see the eclipse, per se. About 3 minutes of this cloud-covered darkness later the sky quickly lightened again and everyone knew the show was over. Still, though, the sun and moon did not show themselves. Finally, a couple minutes after totality had ended the sun and moon re-emerged from their cloud garment at what I again estimated to be about 85-90% totality.

Let me repeat. When my view of the sun entered that cloud and then reappeared, both times looked to me to be about the same percentage of sun showing, a small crescent of light each time. But with even just this small sliver of sunlight things were indeed fairly normal looking for a summer day, brightness-wise, on the ground. However, for the moments in between...impressive! The darkness that enveloped us was not to be seen by a mere 90% totality figure. One had to be in the path of totality.

The above notwithstanding, the darkened skies, though "total", were not, exactly. I mean, it was solidly dark, above and mostly all around me. But not on the horizon. In ANY DIRECTION I looked there was a dusk-like lighted scene (at 1:20 p.m.), much like we all see in the west on a daily basis. But here it was looking like dusk in the north, south, east, and west all at the same time! Highly unusual! Some people reported seeing stars elsewhere as well. But at my venue in downtown there was too much ambient light for me to see stars. Streetlights had come on everywhere in the town, you see, due to the darkness. My wife also claimed the bug sounds picked up in the darkness as well, but I was too preoccupied with videoing the event and didn't notice the bugs.

So don't be convinced that this was "underwhelming".

My own personal lamentation is that, due to the cloud cover, I didn't get to see the corona or take off my eclipse glasses during totality and look directly at the sun as many reportedly did.

The cloud above us in the downtown area was so localized that even on the other side of Carbondale there was perfect viewing of the eclipse. Oh, if I hadn't gone searching for tee shirts downtown...such luck!

Interesting fact: Carbondale, Illinois is the only city in America that will be in the path of totality for both this eclipse and the next one in 2024. I hope to be at the next one as well (though I'll be watching the clouds better!)
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Posted 23 August 2017 - 09:37 AM

Don't forget Florida is the Sun State. There's no darkness there. Can't be. Look how shiny the state looks: https://cdn.vox-cdn....iphy__23_.0.gif

 

 

 

 


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Posted 23 August 2017 - 02:20 PM

We saw the eclipse in Mcclellanville, South Carolina.

 

There was total coverage of just under 3 minutes, 2:46 or something like that I believe.

 

Anybody who says it was underwhelming would be wrong in my opinion, it was quite spectacular. 


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Posted 23 August 2017 - 04:30 PM

Rumour has it Gary sent the rest of his solar eclipse glasses back to TheOptician so Swallow could buy one on a bargain.


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