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Postby Paz_Pazzaz » Wed Aug 02, 2017 9:44 pm

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/solar-eclip ... l-eclipse/

You may not be in the path of totality, but if you are in the USA, Mexico or Canada, you have an excellent chance of having a view of a partial solar eclipse. All depends on the weather!

Solar safe filters are required and they are NOT the same as neutral density filters. Eyesight and camera innards are too precious to take chances. The article linked above has a map that shows percentages of totality and information on how to view, film and photograph safely.

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Re: Aug_2017 Solar Eclipse Info, esp for photographers

Postby Chris B » Thu Aug 03, 2017 12:59 am

I am expecting to be on the line of totality (very excited). Regarding taking pictures of the eclipse the moon is (obviously when you think about it) the same size as the sun in the sky so you can practice when it's Full on the 7th of August. Given that this is actually quite small in the sky unless you have a reasonably long lens it is sometimes more interesting to take pictures of the effects eclipses have around the place. For example the crescent shaped shadows, people viewing etc. Good luck!
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Re: Aug_2017 Solar Eclipse Info, esp for photographers

Postby sidd finch » Thu Aug 03, 2017 10:22 am

I am not getting my hopes up. the last few times I have waited up to photograph celestial events Our weather was rewarded with overcast skies..... and I can tell you from experience a cloudy night sky is rather unexciting.... :)

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Re: Aug_2017 Solar Eclipse Info, esp for photographers

Postby Chuck Engels » Thu Aug 03, 2017 10:37 am

In Atlanta we are close to the path, just north of us. If I was really into this it would be a short drive to Nashville to see the whole thing.
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Re: Aug_2017 Solar Eclipse Info, esp for photographers

Postby momoffduty » Thu Aug 03, 2017 12:47 pm

Things are getting crazy in the St L area & So. IL such as Carbondale. People are renting out spare bedrooms and even couch space. The online room booking, such as Air BnB, people are renting out a bedroom for $700 a night. A house rental in Carbondale, IL is going for $4,000 a night. Some schools in the area are closing because it would be about the time the school gets out and don't want the responsibility of kids' eyesight. You should keep your pets indoors too. Their eyesight can be damaged.
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Re: Aug_2017 Solar Eclipse Info, esp for photographers

Postby Chris B » Thu Aug 03, 2017 5:48 pm

I am not getting my hopes up. the last few times I have waited up to photograph celestial events Our weather was rewarded with overcast skies..... and I can tell you from experience a cloudy night sky is rather unexciting.... :)

But going suddenly too dark to read at 11am feels very wrong. Even an overcast sky on the line of totality is an unsettling experience.

If I was really into this it would be a short drive to Nashville to see the whole thing.

This will be my third eclipse - and I'm travelling 4600 miles to see it. If it's just up the road I think you'd be mad to miss it - this is truly one of the most spectacular natural phenomena there is.
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Re: Aug_2017 Solar Eclipse Info, esp for photographers

Postby Dave McElderry » Thu Aug 03, 2017 6:20 pm

Chris B wrote:Even an overcast sky on the line of totality is an unsettling experience.

I never thought of that. It would be even that much darker! But a terrible disappointment if you had gone out of your way to actually see it.
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Re: Aug_2017 Solar Eclipse Info, esp for photographers

Postby Chuck Engels » Thu Aug 03, 2017 8:52 pm

We should get a pretty excellent view here in Atlanta. Where are you going to be Chris? I'm sure that some of us would love to meet up with you if we have the chance :)
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Re: Aug_2017 Solar Eclipse Info, esp for photographers

Postby Chris B » Fri Aug 04, 2017 1:12 am

A pretty excellent view of a partial eclipse - but it's really not the same thing. Anyhow we're staying in South West Wyoming - which appears to largely be the middle of nowhere!
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Re: Aug_2017 Solar Eclipse Info, esp for photographers

Postby Chuck Engels » Fri Aug 04, 2017 9:07 am

Yes, I am pretty sure that is the definition of "The Middle of Nowhere" !! Should be beautiful this time of year though. Hope you have an awesome time. Hope you don't mind cold beer :)
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Re: Aug_2017 Solar Eclipse Info, esp for photographers

Postby Dave McElderry » Fri Aug 04, 2017 10:03 am

Chuck Engels wrote:Yes, I am pretty sure that is the definition of "The Middle of Nowhere" !! Should be beautiful this time of year though. Hope you have an awesome time. Hope you don't mind cold beer :)

Mind cold beer? Is that some kind of trick question? :occasion5:
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Re: Aug_2017 Solar Eclipse Info, esp for photographers

Postby Little Nac » Sat Aug 05, 2017 5:23 pm

Well Guys, when I worked in London several years back, I used to say that England was the only country in the World where you could buy a hot beer and a cold pie.
Since then I have taken my wife over there a couple of times, and she could not get over the fact that when she went to the bar of our hotel to order a bottle of Club Soda to have with a Scotch, it was warm. Then when she asked for ice they looked at her as if she had gone mad! Just my 2 bob's (cents) worth. :ha:
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Re: Aug_2017 Solar Eclipse Info, esp for photographers

Postby Chuck Engels » Sat Aug 05, 2017 5:31 pm

Beer in the UK is served a bit warmer than here. One thing I hear the most about from visitors is how they wish the beer wasn't served so cold. Beer here is served at around 33 - 40 degrees Fahrenheit while beer in the UK is served around 55 degrees. For most people in the USA that would be warm beer 8-[
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Re: Aug_2017 Solar Eclipse Info, esp for photographers

Postby Chuck Engels » Sat Aug 05, 2017 5:35 pm

This has a lot to do with the kind of beer that is most popular, in the UK it is an Ale or Stout, while here it is lite lagers, pale lagers and Pilsner. The dark lagers and ales are generally served warmer for a reason.

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Re: Aug_2017 Solar Eclipse Info, esp for photographers

Postby John 'twosheds' McDonald » Sun Aug 06, 2017 12:30 am

Yes, English (or British) beer is served at "cellar temperature" which is genarally around that 55F mark.

Other 'long drinks' (lager, Guinness, cider...) are generally served chilled.
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