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Old 04-11-2017, 04:03 AM   #1
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Eclipse watchers?

I saw a reference to the eclipse so thought I would ask, how many have plans for the event?

We live less than 1 Hour from the #1 rated place to see it, Madras Oregon.
Dead Center, best chance for clear skies. Have a parking spot reserved for 24 hrs.

You?
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Old 04-11-2017, 12:28 PM   #2
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We're booked to be near St. Louis (as I understand it it will be near the point of longest totality).

Setup with a group that will bus us around to the best spot (based on weather). Made all of our reservations last year before that trip sold out.

I'm hoping to take a few pics but I have yet to get my camera ready (solar film filter, etc.).
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Old 04-11-2017, 12:46 PM   #3
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Since we don't like crowds plan on going the other direction.
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Old 07-21-2017, 11:39 PM   #4
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Eclipse watchers?

We will be in Baker City, in eastern Oregon. Come by and say hi!
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Old 07-21-2017, 11:45 PM   #5
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We'll be in a little family campground a little east of Franklin, NC, with fingers crossed for a clear day.
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Old 07-22-2017, 12:31 AM   #6
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Well, after nearly 100 years since a total eclipse on the continental US, there's going to be two in seven years. I'm not able to travel to see this one (but I'm in the 93% eclipse area).

However, in seven years when the next one comes through, I live only about 30 miles from the center of it's path and well inside the 100% corridor. So, I'm going to have to hold our 7 more years to see a total eclipse.

Make sure you guys have gotten eclipse viewers. Ideally by one of the four companies selling certified glasses (not sure if you can trust the sellers on Amazon). NASA lists the only four companies that have certified solar viewers.
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Old 07-22-2017, 01:34 AM   #7
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Well, after nearly 100 years since a total eclipse on the continental US, there's going to be two in seven years. I'm not able to travel to see this one (but I'm in the 93% eclipse area).

However, in seven years when the next one comes through, I live only about 30 miles from the center of it's path and well inside the 100% corridor. So, I'm going to have to hold our 7 more years to see a total eclipse.

Make sure you guys have gotten eclipse viewers. Ideally by one of the four companies selling certified glasses (not sure if you can trust the sellers on Amazon). NASA lists the only four companies that have certified solar viewers.
We got ours from the Oregon Observatory. Pretty sure they would be safe. But good tip.
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Old 07-22-2017, 02:19 AM   #8
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We are planning to see it.

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Old 07-22-2017, 03:09 AM   #9
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I'll be picking up two friends and spending the weekend in Lincoln Nebraska. The best site that I have found is here. They also sell eclipse glasses.
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Old 07-22-2017, 12:51 PM   #10
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We'll be between Columbia and Charleston, SC for the eclipse. If the weather isn't clear, there are going to be a whole lot of disappointed people!

We ordered our eclipse glasses from that same Total Solar Eclipse 2017 - Start Page site. Hoping we get to use them!
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Old 08-20-2017, 06:10 PM   #11
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Update on our best laid plans: The forecast for the Charleston, SC area isn't the best, so we are headed for the Anderson, SC area, without reservations. Forecast there is some better. It will be a boondock night for us, generator will get a workout unless it cools off overnight.

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Old 08-20-2017, 06:14 PM   #12
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We are all set up at Solar town in Madras Or.
Weather forecast is perfect. Lot of smoke from fires nearby but should not cause a problem.
Thousands here already, but smooth going.
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Old 08-20-2017, 06:31 PM   #13
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We're gonna be stuck here, with a touch over a 50% eclipse.
So I'm making up for it with some appropriate music!

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Old 08-20-2017, 06:36 PM   #14
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going to marion ill, some big walmart and truckstops there, probably gonna be a lot of people
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Old 08-20-2017, 06:58 PM   #15
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We are in Makanda Ill. Little grassy lake campground. Weather is perfect.
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Old 08-20-2017, 09:53 PM   #16
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I am in Lincoln, Nebraska with man friends from Sac City IA.
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Old 08-20-2017, 10:56 PM   #17
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Update on our best laid plans: The forecast for the Charleston, SC area isn't the best, so we are headed for the Anderson, SC area, without reservations. Forecast there is some better. It will be a boondock night for us, generator will get a workout unless it cools off overnight.

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Mr Sunshine, what's the traffic like in SC?

We were originally planning on driving up from Atlanta to Rabun Gap, GA in just a car. However, there is only a 2 lane road (and only one) and the news is making out that it is going to be a nightmare to drive up there.

We are considering taking the RV and simply heading for the SC welcome center.
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Old 08-21-2017, 01:35 AM   #18
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We're in route to Culver,Or no backup traffic yet. Just a couple hours away!
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Old 08-21-2017, 01:52 AM   #19
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Mr Sunshine, what's the traffic like in SC?
We were originally planning on driving up from Atlanta to Rabun Gap, GA in just a car. However, there is only a 2 lane road (and only one) and the news is making out that it is going to be a nightmare to drive up there.
We are considering taking the RV and simply heading for the SC welcome center.


Traffic from the north was not too bad this morning. Aren't those the same news folks that had everybody in a panic over Y2K? We're at WalMt tonight, but I think we'll walk to a nearby church if the parking lot lights come on!

The closer you get to the center line of the path, the better. Suggest you leave as early as possible, and be prepared with snacks and water. If you get bogged in traffic, you'll still see the eclipse, maybe just not as long and not as complete. It is likely that many folks will pull off of the highway, wherever they are at that time.

We are set for before, but wondering what traffic will be like after.
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We're hoping for southeast Nebraska but weather forecast isn't looking great. We're still almost 3 hours away so plan to drive very early tomorrow to where chance of rain and clouds may be a little less. Overall forecast isn't promising for this area.

Maybe we'll get lucky since weathermen are sometimes wrong.
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