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    Total Solar Eclipse: August 21, 2017

    Less than one year away now! Here's a good map showing the path of totality: http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/SEgoogl...21Tgoogle.html

    My plan for now is to drive down to Oregon to view it. I still remember the last one in 1979 and I was in a place where there was only something like 80% coverage. This is going to be a huge event. If you want to see it you better think about booking a reservation now.

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    Re: Total Solar Eclipse: August 21, 2017

    Should we be scouting around for outdoor pools in Western Kentucky or Southern Illinois for a meetup? Swim at the time of greatest eclipse.
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    Re: Total Solar Eclipse: August 21, 2017

    Right over Charleston!

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    Re: Total Solar Eclipse: August 21, 2017

    Let"call it the "eclipse meet" where you are trying to beat your best time in a chosen event!

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    Re: Total Solar Eclipse: August 21, 2017

    Can't wait for this!

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    Re: Total Solar Eclipse: August 21, 2017

    Kirk, should we set up a small meet in Madras, OR, right in the penumbra of this eclipse? It's in the high desert east of the Cascades, probably the best bet for eclipse viewing. The Madras pool is a very nice 6-lane 25-yard pool, opened in 2008, Tim Nelson is the Aquatic Director and might be persuaded, and that it's under the COMA umbrella so I might have some clout (and some funding). But camping might be the only lodging choice at this point, as Madras has been advertising itself as a great viewing sight for some time and lodging spots few--the good news is that there is excellent camping and weather.

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    Re: Total Solar Eclipse: August 21, 2017

    All I can say is I don't plan to be anywhere near a swimming pool when the main event happens!

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    Of course, but if we could set a scy meet in Madras on Sun 20 Aug--the day before the main event--would you be interested?

    Could be a kinda cool event...meet, social, campout, eclipse. Tag line: "Come to the meet and stay for the eclipse."

    Dual sanction a possibility, I think.

    Hope that I'm home from World's in Hungary by then...

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    Re: Total Solar Eclipse: August 21, 2017

    It's an interesting idea, Bob. I've already got a condo rented near Mount Hood for the weekend and I plan to avail myself of other recreation opportunities to be honest, but it certainly seems like something the Oregon locals might be interested in.

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    Re: Total Solar Eclipse: August 21, 2017

    In the eternal quest to make meets into events, I'll ponder the possibilities.

    Kirk, I hope that you have good viewing at Mt. Hood, which is sometimes cloudy. Madras is consistently sunny at that time of year, and I'm really looking forward to the eclipse and the party that will surely go with it. See you around a pool or pond sometime.

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    Re: Total Solar Eclipse: August 21, 2017

    Actually I plan to drive down to the Madras area or somewhere in the vicinity for the eclipse, I just have a feeling I probably wouldn't swim in a meet. But, you know, if you build it they will come!

    The other reason I doubt I'd swim is my wife is already dubious about how interesting watching an eclipse will be, but I've assured her there will be other fun things to do. If I add "oh, by the way, there's also a swim meet..." she'd skin me alive!

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    Re: Total Solar Eclipse: August 21, 2017

    I have a place permanently ready on the couch or in the doghouse for such moments.

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    Re: Total Solar Eclipse: August 21, 2017

    Quote Originally Posted by BobBruce View Post
    I have a place permanently ready on the couch or in the doghouse for such moments.


    (Sorry, I have nothing to contribute to this thread, but this totally cracked me up.)

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    Wow looking forward to experience this one Cheers to 2017!

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    Re: Total Solar Eclipse: August 21, 2017

    So who else ventured into the path of totality yesterday? I watched from Timothy Lake, Oregon and it was absolutely incredible!
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    Re: Total Solar Eclipse: August 21, 2017

    We saw it from Molalla, 3 miles south of our house. We didn't have 2 minutes of totality, more like 40 seconds, but it was amazing.
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    Re: Total Solar Eclipse: August 21, 2017

    Quote Originally Posted by Allen Stark View Post
    We saw it from Molalla, 3 miles south of our house. We didn't have 2 minutes of totality, more like 40 seconds, but it was amazing.
    It went really fast, didn't it?

    I was shaking when it was over.

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    Re: Total Solar Eclipse: August 21, 2017

    A very cool thing to watch.

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    Re: Total Solar Eclipse: August 21, 2017

    Not a total eclipse but about 79.5% coverage here. I had a bunch of old lenses in the basement that I had salvaged when the physics department was throwing away old lab equipment and was able to use them to project a pretty good image. We also did a pin-hole projection with good success. Despite the fact that it was predicted to be a 100% cloudless day, the eclipse dodged in and out of clouds all afternoon. One advantage, sometimes the clouds were thick enough that we could look directly at the eclipse. Although we didn't get to see totality, we did a lot with what we had and it was fun. I've seen two eclipses before (1995 and 2001) but both were ~50%. Somehow I didn't get outside to see the one in 1979, but my Dad did with some colleagues at his work and said he saw a group of cows all gather under a tree and lie down to sleep!

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    We viewed the eclipse from the top deck of the American Queen Steamboat paddlewheeler, in Alton, Ill. Having booked this cruise before we even knew about the eclipse, we were incredibly lucky to end up in a place with a clear view of the eclipse at 99%.

    It just so happened that the local casino sponsored a viewing festival at the park adjacent to our boat, and they gave out ISO-rated viewing glasses to the first 800 attendees. We had just returned from a tour of St. Louis in time to pick up a couple pairs of glasses.

    While viewing the eclipse with a few of our fellow passengers, we all noticed the bank of thunderheads coming our way. We just kept hoping we would be able to view the eclipse before the storm hit. I had my little Pansonic Lumix camera with me, so I focused it on a distant subject, locked in the focus, and then placed the viewing glasses over the camera lens. While trying to aim the camera towards the sun, I looked at the monitor for a bright spot. The above shots were taken at partial and our near-total eclipse.

    Immediately following the eclipse, a cloud moved in front of the sun and obliterated it. Five minutes later, lightning started firing in the near distance, and then the storm came-- HARD!

    It was an amazing experience to watch the sunny skies turn darker during the eclipse, and then to see the storm front coming our way as if it were perfectly choreographed! Thankfully, it waited!
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