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Old 05-02-2017, 11:46 PM   #1
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Default US Solar Eclipse August 21, 2017

We're a little under 4 months away from the first total solar eclipse visible over the continuous United States since February 1979. Anyone going to take a trip for this? If so, what gear are you bringing with you? Hoping to set up somewhere in Georgia with my DSLR + 300mm lens, as well as a good pair of binoculars (all with proper protection of course!)

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Old 05-03-2017, 02:45 AM   #2
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The Sun seems a bit large in Orbiter .
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Old 05-03-2017, 04:38 AM   #3
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I... actually might have a shot at seeing this! I'd have to take a day off from school, but hey, what are make-up days for, amiright?
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Old 05-03-2017, 08:52 AM   #4
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Stupid american visa requirements...
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Old 05-03-2017, 12:17 PM   #5
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Hopkinsville, KY is going to be the location of maximum eclipse at 2m42s. That's only ~80nm Southwest of me. I was thinking of flying the 150 down and landing at HVC for a few hours, watching the event, then flying home. I found out via the Cessna 150-152 club forum that HVC is now taking reservations for plane parking. There are only 30 or so spots left, and they want $150 just to park for the sub-three-minute event.

A fellow club member is working with one of the eclipse sites to show airports on their map along the path of totality that are offering free parking for the event. Once that is set up I'll share here for anyone who is interested.

I'll be flying down to Princeton-Caldwell County airport (2M0) instead.

https://skyvector.com/?ll=37.0651497...ndefined%202M0

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Old 05-03-2017, 12:17 PM   #6
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I'm going to be flying to Hopkinsville, KY which is about 10 miles away from the point of greatest eclipse. I will also be taking the old camera (Nikon D700 with a 300mm lens, a 2x teleconverter) It's only about a 2.5 hour flight from where I live in Ohio.

I'm thinking about making a side trip to Mammoth Cave National Park since I haven't been there since I was a kid, and my wife has never been there.
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Old 05-03-2017, 12:24 PM   #7
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 I'm going to be flying to Hopkinsville, KY which is about 10 miles away from the point of greatest eclipse.
Correct. I'm told the actual point is in the middle of a farm field northwest of the city.
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Old 05-03-2017, 01:02 PM   #8
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Yup, and if you want to shell out another $150, can get a spot on the farm property... I won't be doing that. Paying for parking is one thing, since the difference it total eclipse time is fractions of a second, I'm ok with the location I have scoped out.

I was thinking about Princeton-Caldwell County as well, but having reserved parking (even if I have to pay) makes me less nervous. Nothing would be worse then to get to the airport you would like to stop at only to not have a place to shutdown. And I think the free parking airports will be very crowded.

Although, I would be kinda cool to be flying during the eclipse. That would be a very special 0.05 hr night flying.
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 Although, I would be kinda cool to be flying during the eclipse. That would be a very special 0.05 hr night flying.
Hmmm, open top aircraft?
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Old 05-03-2017, 02:20 PM   #10
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FWIW, if you're doing any photography during the eclipse you really should have the event scripted out so that you're not fumbling around with your DSLR during the totality. I'm going to be using Solar Eclipse Maestro for Mac OS X. Really great program and it's free.
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Old 05-03-2017, 03:57 PM   #11
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For the people shelling out huge sums of money, keep in mind that the chances of cloud cover is really high in the summer. Cincinnati was 10/10 overcast for the entire 2012 Venus transit, for example.

I wonder if there is such a thing as eclipse insurance...
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 For the people shelling out huge sums of money, keep in mind that the chances of cloud cover is really high in the summer. Cincinnati was 10/10 overcast for the entire 2012 Venus transit, for example.

I wonder if there is such a thing as eclipse insurance...
Exactly why I'm not fond of shelling out $150 this far in advance to park my plane. If it's not CAVU or CAVOK in the area, I will likely stay put or just go get a $100 hamburger somewhere unless it's IFR.
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Old 05-03-2017, 05:37 PM   #13
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I'm looking at central Oregon, myself. Yeah, it's nowhere near peak totality, but still... even less than a minute will be mindblowing.
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Old 05-03-2017, 05:43 PM   #14
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As far as what I'm bringing with me, I'm thinking of just getting a decent pair of binoculars. Not much into photography, so I'll just enjoy the experience.

I've never directly viewed an eclipse myself - any suggestions as far as protection to use with binocs?
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Old 05-03-2017, 05:55 PM   #15
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In all seriousness, my advice is never look in the direction of the sun with binoculars or a telescope. You risk serious eye damage.

The media is full of that during eclipses here, would guess its the same in most countries?
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