I’ve seen 2 of these total eclipses in my lifetime. Very strange experience. The last on August 21, 2017 just north of Idaho Falls, Idaho. We had a bluegrass band, libations and lots of chow to commemorate the event.
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I was in Wyoming for the 2017 eclipse.
Drove from Phx to Colorado Springs, got a hotel for some badly needed sleep and watched the weather channel to decide between going east towards Omaha or north to Wyoming. Omaha had a 10% chance of rain so north I went.
If you are wondering what all the fuss is all about, you haven’t seen one.
I was so fortunate to find a rancher that was a gun nut and a stand up guy. Rented a dozen or so of us wanderers space for $50.
Other ranchers were hitting people up for almost $200 - for truck camping.
I was prepared be totally self contained, self sufficient and left nothing but temporary tire tracks.
The drive back south was something to behold. Vehicles bumper to bumper for as far as you could see, which was about 10+ miles or so…
If there is ANY way I can swing it to get to totality again this year, I’m going!
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Hoping to view it from Kelleys Island.
Ordered my glasses and camera filter yesterday.
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That’s thinking ahead!
I stopped at a gas station mini-mart in Cheyenne and asked if they had any for sale.
Got 1 pair for me, 1 for the camera and 1 spare for $10.
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Son John (dilettante on SF) and I are flying to Texas for this eclipse. I refused to pay $10,000 for a few nights in the towns on the path of totality; so have rented a VRBO about two hours away; we can drive to any public place on the path in the Texas hill country and get a great view.
This was a surprise—my wife and I, in the first year of our marriage, drove from Pittsburgh to Virginia Beach to watch the eclipse, and it was truly memorable. We chose Texas because the sky is likely to be sunny and clear in April—-at least that’s my hope.
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Mrs.BurtonRW and I will be a little outside of Dallas, where I was able to secure a nice room at a very well reviewed Scottish Inn (9/10 on Hotels.com) for the normal price of around $140/night. Everything else anywhere near Dallas was incredibly inflated, as OP noted.
Crazy, but we’re looking forward to it. Just have to decide where to watch.
Anyone in the greater DFW area up for a SigForum watch party?
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About a normally 1.25 hour drive north for me to the closest spot of totality but the day trippers on I-91 and I-93 will make it nuts.
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I just said fuck it and booked a room the night before in Rochester, NY. I will already be in total eclipse path. I plan on waking up and driving a little closer to the dead center of the path on the water as I was for 2017, this time it will be lake Ontario instead of the Atlantic. I'll put my bike in my truck and if I hit traffic or no parking, I'll get as close as possible to my viewing point, then bike.
Then since I've never seen it before and it will be off season midweek (not crowded hopefully), I'm going to go see Niagara Falls.
Normal room rate $170, my friends and family rate $90, the rate for that night $497.50.
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Louisville is just about 50mi south of total eclipse is what I've heard.
I remember one when I was a child and there was a technique to view where you put a pin hole in a small piece of cardboard and turned your back to the sun and looked at the image from the pin hole paper on another piece of paper held beneath it.
We must have been starved for entertainment in the early 60s.
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We did considerable reading prepping for Totality. There were a handful of notable astronomical events before & after the period of Totality.
One of the nuances I would have missed, was the visible to normal eyesight, rushing toward us approaching at IIRC ~500mph. the actual moon edge ground shadow. If we hadn't been in the really open country around Horse Heaven Hills near Pasco, I probably would have missed it.
The 'string of pearls' was another notable feature, during the last/first 1% surrounding full totality.
A buddy had made a shoe box pin-hole camera that took a fine single photo.
Certainly a Peak Event for me. Worth the effort to catch the show for sure.
All of the Indy area will be total eclipse? Damn, I can watch from home.
If you wear polarized UV-filtering sunglasses, is it really a risk?
When I was a kid the elementary school teachers would preach "don't look at it" like Indiana Jones to Marian when the Ark was opened and the angel of death was flying around. But it was only ever a partial eclipse with no real darkening of the area. If they didn't tell you it was a partial eclipse, you wouldn't notice. But still we had our pinhole paper and viewing paper like good little programmed nanny-bots.
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Polarized UV-filtering sunglasses are absolutely no good, except during totality.
You need proper deep tint (like welder's protection) until totality, then you can look at the sun, because the sun's disc is blocked 100%, and only the corona is visible.
Like the image in mcrimm's post.
If you are using eye protection, you will see the dimming of ambient light around your periphery, just before totality, and when you see the "beads" you can look.
You will get a "crack" of the sunlight, at the end of totality, and you need to look away at that instant.
Your eyes can handle a very short exposure without damage, much like accidently looking at the sun, as we all have done. It's the looking at it for more than a couple of seconds that can result in damage. So, the idea is to avoid any exposure.
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Every now and then I wonder why it's necessary for constant reminders about the dangers of viewing an eclipse without proper eye protection to be aired in various public forums and media over and over and over and ....
And then I remember.
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We're ticking two bucket list items off the list. We will be on a Panama Canal cruise that also hits the eclipse in the Pacific.
We are planning to see the eclipse using San Antonio as our base. Just out of curiosity, I checked AirBNB in Kerville and there is some knuckle head asking $50,000 a night for his 3 bed house!
I have relatives who live for this stuff. I don't mind seeing pictures.
Since family is gathering at a relatives home in Texas, I'm going too. For me, it is about the gathering of family, and we might see something cool.
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My wife and I saw the 2017 event and we were in awe. Planning to see this one somewhere around 100 miles along the path centered in Poplar Bluff, MO. Just waiting to see where the cloud cover might be. For the event I purchased an 8" Dobsonian reflector telescope with a sun filter. Been having fun with that too!
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