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Max The Magnificent
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Re: Is your parking spot reserved?
Max The Magnificent   3/2/2017 12:40:33 PM
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@Elizabeth: I assume that you reserved your parking spot in a prime location before you wrote this column then... Also best to plan an early start, with everyone in the country trying to get into the path, traffic is likely to be backed up...

To be honest, I hadn't really thought that so many other people would be interested -- I was vaguely planning on driving up to some little out-of-the-way town on the path -- hmmmm...

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Re: Is your parking spot reserved?
elizabethsimon   3/2/2017 12:26:10 PM
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@ Max

I bet it was the fact that I wrote this column -- now everyone knows -- my bad -- I should have kept it a secret LOL

I assume that you reserved your parking spot in a prime location before you wrote this column then...

Also best to plan an early start, with everyone in the country trying to get into the path, traffic is likely to be backed up...

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Re: Is your parking spot reserved?
Max The Magnificent   3/1/2017 12:18:47 PM
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@Elizabeth: ...Oh, and every reservable campside in every park in the path was reserved on the first day they were available...

I bet it was the fact that I wrote this column -- now everyone knows -- my bad -- I should have kept it a secret LOL

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Is your parking spot reserved?
elizabethsimon   3/1/2017 12:03:07 PM
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I got my eclipse glasses and decided I needed to scope out a good spot in or near Madras, OR to watch from. It seems that hundresd (or maybe thousands) of people have the same idea. They are planning a solar festival for the entire weekend at the fairgrounds and offering dry camping there and on a farmer's field north of town. The prices are somewhat eye-watering and most of the camping spots are already reserved. They are offering reserved parking spots for the day as well.

Having looked at all that and studied the maps, I concluded that I might just as well stay camped in my friends horse pasture and watch from there. I'm not looking forward to driving home through Madras afterward. I expect that the traffic will be a mess...

Oh, and every reservable campside in every park in the path was reserved on the first day they were available.

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Re: totality in Africa
Clive"Max"Maxfield   1/6/2017 5:23:50 PM
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@RobertM: In 1973 my HS chemistry teacher convinced several of us to book on a cruise out to Africa...

You got to meet (well, see) Neil Armstrong and Isaac Isaac Asimov -- AND a full eclipse for 8 minutes of totality? Best high school chemistry teacher ever!!! I hope you thanked him or her for persuading you to have this amazing life experience!

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Re: Solar Eclipse
Clive"Max"Maxfield   1/6/2017 5:15:27 PM
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@amacon: We handed out the solar eyeglasses to everyone at Christmas including books for the kids explaining eclipses...

It's great that you are doing this as a family -- something for everyone to remember -- you say you live in the southern US -- have you thought about making a trip/holiday of it to see the total eclipse?

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amacon   1/6/2017 3:25:16 PM
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We handed out the solar eyeglasses to everyone at Christmas including books for the kids explaining eclipses - we live in the southern US and the kids actually checked out cloud coverage for the entire US to verify we would have good opportunities for viewing.

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totality in Africa
RobertM1909550   1/6/2017 12:17:30 PM
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In 1973 my HS chemistry teacher convinced several of us to book on a cruise out to Africa, nere the Canary Is., where the ship tracked the eclipse for 8 minutes of totality.  Lots of science notables were on board - Neil Armstraing, Isaac Azimov - and the ship deck was covered with tripods and astronomy buffs just prior to totality.  At the moment of the total eclipse, a deafening sound of shutters erupted, followed very shortly after with laughter from the sound, and then collective "ooohs" and "ahhs" from those present.  I even found a link to the event: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_eclipse_of_June_30,_1973#Observations

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Re: The Tree Effect
elizabethsimon   1/6/2017 11:47:09 AM
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A filter over the camera lense shouldn't be necessary if its pointing somewhere other than the sun. My idea is to put it on a tripod to catch peoples reactions and shadows etc...

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Re: The Tree Effect
David Ashton   1/5/2017 10:12:44 PM
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@Elizabeth - "I remember the last partial eclipse I saw that the shadows looked strange..."

I think this is because, as Betajet points out above, a leafy tree has the effect of many pinholes, so the sun shining through them will appear as crescent-shaped blobs of light instead of round ones.  Also I think light diffusion through the non-eclipsed part of the atmosphere gives a different effect from the sun being below the horizon.

Oh, and put something over your video camera lens if you don't want to burn out the sensor (sooty glass / ND filters / a lens from a pair of eclipse sunglasses....)

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