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Message 1884756 - Posted: 18 Aug 2017, 16:46:13 UTC

So what are you doing?
I am planning to leave Saturday early and drive 10 hours to Mt Shasta where I have a campground reserved. The drive about 4 hours on Sunday to Eugene. I have a friend there who is an astronomer who has offered me her living room for the night. Early Monday we will head up to Corvallis where we have some prime space reserved to watch and photograph. I have 2 DLSR with heavy tripods and solar filter. My Canon D5 will have a 300 mm lens and my Nikon P900 has a 2,000 mm lens.
Anyone else going to Oregon?
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Message 1884764 - Posted: 18 Aug 2017, 17:16:29 UTC

I'm staying home, if there is any eclipse coverage on TV, then that's where I'll see it.
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Message 1884770 - Posted: 18 Aug 2017, 17:42:18 UTC
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I'll be there or stuck in gridlock between Portland and Salem. I'm freelancing the whole thing, spontaneous is good I hope. LOL
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Message 1884773 - Posted: 18 Aug 2017, 17:51:49 UTC - in response to Message 1884764.  

Vic - that's probably the best way - you should get lots of different views and locations without having to worry about traffic, crowds, or getting caught short.
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Message 1884776 - Posted: 18 Aug 2017, 18:14:37 UTC - in response to Message 1884773.  

I've got 2 fwys near My place, the 15 and the 40 in the distance, but yeah staying home is good, and recently it seems there is a shortage of glasses, and a recall of 8,000 glasses.
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Message 1884788 - Posted: 18 Aug 2017, 19:12:01 UTC
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We have a couple that are friends with my son coming in from Washington, D.C. tomorrow to stay with us for the eclipse. We also have 4 pairs of glasses and I will make a pinhole projector as well. We will get almost the full 2min, 45 sec of totality here in the Nashville TN area. I expect it to be a profound spiritual experience. Forecast does include some cloud cover though--shades of Eddington's first adventure haunts me.
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Message 1884791 - Posted: 18 Aug 2017, 19:26:43 UTC

I found this on a link from the DailyKOS, Yep I'm a Kossack: http://blog.nwf.org/2017/08/camp-during-the-eclipse-to-see-some-really-wild-animal-behavior/

Powerland Heritage Park in Brooks, Oregon, is hosting a special eclipse campout at its electric railway museum. The nearby Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge, is home to some 200 species of birds, including Canada geese, bald eagles, black-necked stilts and great horned owls (above). Will the owls appear and begin to hoot when day turns into night?

While not within the path of the total eclipse, Last Chance Camp in Cheyenne, Wyoming, says the sun will have 97.5 percent coverage and offers both tent and RV camping sites. You can also visit the Pawnee National Grasslands just over the border in Colorado to see raptors such as eagles and prairie falcons as well as elk, bighorn sheep, burrowing owls and prairie dogs (above). Will these rodents dive into their burrows as the sky darkens?

Hopkinsville, Kentucky, is close to the “point of the greatest eclipse,” where the sun and moon align most perfectly. Christian Way Farm nearby is offering sites for primitive camping as well as a place to park and view for noncampers. It is only about an hour and half to Illinois’ Shawnee National Forest, another great place to not only view the eclipse but also animals such as beavers, grey and red foxes, bobcats and bats, including the endangered Indiana bat (above). Keep an eye to the skies for bats emerging during the eclipse.

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Message 1884812 - Posted: 18 Aug 2017, 22:07:29 UTC

Traffic looks ok for me once I leave the LA area.

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Message 1884898 - Posted: 19 Aug 2017, 13:12:49 UTC

I don't feel like getting into a traffic jam to drive to and from the path of totality, so I'll be experiencing the 96% event at the Kentucky State Fairgrounds, here in Louisville. I have a nice DSLR, but won't be taking any pictures because I didn't buy one of those expensive solar filters.
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Message 1884899 - Posted: 19 Aug 2017, 13:28:58 UTC - in response to Message 1884898.  

I don't feel like getting into a traffic jam to drive to and from the path of totality, so I'll be experiencing the 96% event at the Kentucky State Fairgrounds, here in Louisville. I have a nice DSLR, but won't be taking any pictures because I didn't buy one of those expensive solar filters.


You mean one of these?
About $26 at Amazon.
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Message 1884905 - Posted: 19 Aug 2017, 13:45:08 UTC - in response to Message 1884899.  

I don't feel like getting into a traffic jam to drive to and from the path of totality, so I'll be experiencing the 96% event at the Kentucky State Fairgrounds, here in Louisville. I have a nice DSLR, but won't be taking any pictures because I didn't buy one of those expensive solar filters.


You mean one of these?
About $26 at Amazon.

Well, somebody told me the screw-in solar filter for an SLR lens would be over $100.
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Message 1884912 - Posted: 19 Aug 2017, 14:13:27 UTC

Have a good trip Carlos.
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Message 1884929 - Posted: 19 Aug 2017, 16:33:56 UTC - in response to Message 1884912.  

Have a good trip Carlos.

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Message 1884941 - Posted: 19 Aug 2017, 18:56:38 UTC

I went in a photography store this afternoon, and they told me indeed a 16 stop ND filter would be a "couple hundred" dollars. They sell variable ND filters that max out at 9 stops, but they said if you really want to properly and safely photograph the whole progression of the event, you need the 16 stop filter. On the other hand, if all I want to do is to photograph the peak of coverage, then I wouldn't need a filter at all. That may be true in the 100% zone, but I'm in the 96%. The guy said that's ok. I don't want to risk damaging my DSLR's sensors, so I think I'll just use my 35mm film SLR.
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Message 1884950 - Posted: 19 Aug 2017, 20:17:27 UTC

I booked a hotel room a year ago in Corvallis, we're leaving tonight to cross the border and stay the night with family in Seattle so we can get an early start on Sunday.

Maybe we'll run in to Carlos.
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Message 1884984 - Posted: 20 Aug 2017, 1:00:32 UTC

That would be grand Es.
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Message 1884985 - Posted: 20 Aug 2017, 1:02:41 UTC

99F is the predicted high, and 72F is the predicted low for Monday August 21st 2017 in Yermo, 102F is predicted for Sunday, Saturday was 102F, a 3F degree drop, I wonder what the temp drop would be like if the eclipse came thru here...
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Message 1885022 - Posted: 20 Aug 2017, 13:29:47 UTC

Made it to Ashland last night. Staying with friends in Medford tonight and Corvallis monday morning. My Medford friends got us a spot on a friends farm.
As for professional photo lens, yes a ND100000 is the best option. Amazon has them from $60 to over $200. Get one for next time ;-)
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Message 1885041 - Posted: 20 Aug 2017, 14:40:36 UTC - in response to Message 1885022.  

Made it to Ashland last night. Staying with friends in Medford tonight and Corvallis monday morning. My Medford friends got us a spot on a friends farm.
As for professional photo lens, yes a ND100000 is the best option. Amazon has them from $60 to over $200. Get one for next time ;-)

Ah yes, Medford, haven't been thru there since 1971.
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Message 1885043 - Posted: 20 Aug 2017, 14:53:11 UTC

News reports are emerging, stating that many of the eclipse-watching dark glasses being sold and distributed for free may be dangerously defective. Even those distributed by reputable organizations and appearing to have safety certification symbols on them may not protect the eyes properly. Some of these glasses have been belatedly recalled. Personally, I wouldn't, and won't take the chance of losing my eyesight.

It's far safer, and simple to view the eclipse by projecting the image of the Sun onto a white, flat surface, either with a pin-hole aperture, binoculars, or telescope.
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