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Re: Total Solar Eclipse 2017
« Reply #15 on: August 21, 2017, 03:02:27 PM »
I was downtown and could see a bit of it with glasses, but by the time it "peaked" it was too cloudy to see anything.

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Re: Total Solar Eclipse 2017
« Reply #16 on: August 21, 2017, 03:11:25 PM »
A few days away... any eclipse plans/parties?  Everyone got their special glasses or... just gonna take a nap...  8)
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Re: Total Solar Eclipse 2017
« Reply #17 on: August 21, 2017, 03:45:22 PM »
A few days away... any eclipse plans/parties?  Everyone got their special glasses or... just gonna take a nap...  8)
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Went outside... cloudy and dark like any stormy day... went back in...
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Re: Total Solar Eclipse 2017
« Reply #18 on: August 21, 2017, 04:16:42 PM »
Also downtown. A lot of us gathered on one of the loading docks to witnesses the clouds eclipsing the eclipse.

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Re: Total Solar Eclipse 2017
« Reply #19 on: August 21, 2017, 05:54:42 PM »
I got luckier than that.  This was my view in St. Clair MO. 


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Re: Total Solar Eclipse 2017
« Reply #20 on: August 24, 2017, 12:50:53 PM »
I saw it from Santee State Park in SC, right on the center line of totality. I have to say, chasing the eclipse was like chasing a storm in reverse. I've only chased 4 hurricanes so i'm not a professional or anything, but this was a similar endeavor, except that I had to chase the sun. Had a hotel in Charleston but it was cloudy there too, so I had to drive 70 miles northwest to get a good view.

Totally worth it. Even with the 9 hour gridlocked drive back down 95 to get home. I will say that unless you're a professional photographer or a scientist, it's best to just observe. My cell phone video and pictures don't do it justice, wish I spent more time looking up instead of trying to capture it, but it was a great experience.

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Re: Total Solar Eclipse 2017
« Reply #21 on: August 24, 2017, 01:51:04 PM »
I saw it from Santee State Park in SC, right on the center line of totality. I have to say, chasing the eclipse was like chasing a storm in reverse. I've only chased 4 hurricanes so i'm not a professional or anything, but this was a similar endeavor, except that I had to chase the sun. Had a hotel in Charleston but it was cloudy there too, so I had to drive 70 miles northwest to get a good view.

Totally worth it. Even with the 9 hour gridlocked drive back down 95 to get home. I will say that unless you're a professional photographer or a scientist, it's best to just observe. My cell phone video and pictures don't do it justice, wish I spent more time looking up instead of trying to capture it, but it was a great experience.

Similar for us.  50 minute trip on the Interstate from St Louis to the viewing point, 2.5 hour trip up (mostly) old Route 66 to get back!  Either way, you are correct.  Just sit back and enjoy it.  It happens SO fast, there's no time to waste with gear unless you really know what you're a pro.

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Re: Total Solar Eclipse 2017
« Reply #22 on: August 24, 2017, 03:39:00 PM »
I will say that unless you're a professional photographer . . . it's best to just observe.

I think this advice applies to just about all significant events and places. I don't understand why people spend entire concerts, sporting events, etc., that they paid lots of money to go to, trying to record the event. Similarly, I don't understand people who travel to places and then wait in line to get in position to take a picture with their crappy cell phone camera that has been captured by professionals with top of the line equipment countless times.

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Re: Total Solar Eclipse 2017
« Reply #23 on: August 24, 2017, 04:09:32 PM »
I will say that unless you're a professional photographer . . . it's best to just observe.

I think this advice applies to just about all significant events and places. I don't understand why people spend entire concerts, sporting events, etc., that they paid lots of money to go to, trying to record the event.

Yeah, especially since the large majority of cell phones neither has high gain microphones nor a sufficiently good camera to record these events properly.

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Re: Total Solar Eclipse 2017
« Reply #24 on: August 24, 2017, 04:36:09 PM »
I will say that unless you're a professional photographer . . . it's best to just observe.

I think this advice applies to just about all significant events and places. I don't understand why people spend entire concerts, sporting events, etc., that they paid lots of money to go to, trying to record the event.

Yeah, especially since the large majority of cell phones neither has high gain microphones nor a sufficiently good camera to record these events properly.

It feels to me like many people can no longer handle physical reality (or better: have little relationship to it) and prefer conserved reality. Their loss....

What's even sadder is that 90% of them have their phones out NOT to record the game or concert, but because they are deathly afraid of being disconnected from their friends that are not there with them!

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Re: Total Solar Eclipse 2017
« Reply #25 on: August 24, 2017, 05:03:31 PM »
I will say that unless you're a professional photographer . . . it's best to just observe.

I think this advice applies to just about all significant events and places. I don't understand why people spend entire concerts, sporting events, etc., that they paid lots of money to go to, trying to record the event.

Yeah, especially since the large majority of cell phones neither has high gain microphones nor a sufficiently good camera to record these events properly.

It feels to me like many people can no longer handle physical reality (or better: have little relationship to it) and prefer conserved reality. Their loss....

What's even sadder is that 90% of them have their phones out NOT to record the game or concert, but because they are deathly afraid of being disconnected from their friends that are not there with them!

Only to be disconnected with the friends that are....

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