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Solar Eclipse

Postby SpaceCanada » Tue Aug 08, 2017 8:42 pm

Who plans on watching it - or part of it?

We're in the ~90% zone, and whilst I am scheduled to be in the office that day, I plan on getting outside to see it - with my ever-so-simple pinhole camera. That's a double dose of science!

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https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/edu/learn/proj ... le-camera/
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Re: Solar Eclipse

Postby gt0163c » Wed Aug 09, 2017 6:28 am

I plan on watching all of it. My parents' house outside of Murphy, NC is in the path of totality, so I'm planning a long weekend visit with my family. Mom says their subdivision is planning a big party in the cul-de-sac at the end of the street on top of the ridge (well big, for certain values of big. There aren't that many houses and about half of them are weekend/vacation places.). We've got eclipse glasses and Dad and I will be building a binocular filter. I might rig up a pinhole camera just for fun too.
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Re: Solar Eclipse

Postby p51 » Wed Aug 09, 2017 10:26 am

SpaceCanada wrote:We're in the ~90% zone, and whilst I am scheduled to be in the office that day, I plan on getting outside to see it - with my ever-so-simple pinhole camera.

Same here, couldn't get the day off (of course). My eye doctor sent an email that mentioned not looking at it directly, then mentioned eclipse glasses. Apparently, companies make disposable eye shades that are dense enough to look through to an eclipse. I need to find a set of those.
I was a teen in Florida in the 80s, and there was a 30% or so eclipse. Someone gave me a fragment of a welder's mask lens and looked at it through that.
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Re: Solar Eclipse

Postby Conan » Wed Aug 09, 2017 12:09 pm

Even though we are closed on that day, the public library where I work is providing Eclipse glasses, as is our local planetarium. Many public libraries are having special programs on the day and will provide Eclipse glasses, so you could check there as a possibility. I have mine from the NASA booth at the American Library Association conference, so I am ready to go, although we only get 80 percent where I live.
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Re: Solar Eclipse

Postby majtom7 » Wed Aug 09, 2017 1:43 pm

We'll have roughly 97% totality. We ordered early and received our glasses a couple of weeks ago. I saw paper ones at Lowe's on Friday but saw none there on Monday. I am hoping for clear skies that afternoon.
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Re: Solar Eclipse

Postby SpaceCanada » Mon Aug 21, 2017 5:58 pm

90% totality selfie!
It was noticeably darker and cooler outside. The sky looked like you were wearing dark sunglasses. The pinhole camera worked just as ti should and was super fun to use.
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Re: Solar Eclipse

Postby p51 » Tue Aug 22, 2017 6:04 pm

I found a set of eclipse glasses, but even still I only took quick peaks, even with them (as you can never be too careful with your eyes). I tried to take a photo or two through the lens for the glasses, but couldn't get it to focus with a darn.
So cool seeing a tiny sliver of sun as it got close to totality here yesterday!
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Re: Solar Eclipse

Postby Benji » Thu Aug 24, 2017 6:26 pm

I drove up to Tennessee Tech in Cookeville, TN. Experience totality for two and a half minutes. It was amazing!

People were intrigued by my little projector set up, which was fun:

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Re: Solar Eclipse

Postby carton » Tue Oct 03, 2017 3:51 pm

Ugh this is super late but I got some okay photos of the eclipse. I drove a bit north to get totality, but at home we were in ~97%ish!

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I'm pretty sure that bright dot in the top two pictures is Regulus. Anyone want to confirm or correct that? :lol:
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