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Old 08-18-2017, 11:02 AM
 
Location: Omaha, Nebraska
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My first telescope was also one of those classic Japanese-made 60 mm refractors that used 0.965 eyepieces (although I don't remember if mine included a Sun filter). No one has made those eyepiece-mounted glass Sun filters for a very long time (thank God!), but because those old scopes turn up with some frequency at garage sales and thrift stores, sometimes with the original unsafe Sun filter included, I thought a warning was prudent. Fortunately it's easy enough to make a safe filter for those old scopes, and they also work very well for eyepiece projection of the Sun onto a flat surface, which is a very safe way to do Solar viewing.
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Old 08-18-2017, 09:34 PM
 
Location: Caverns measureless to man...
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This is not the first total solar eclipse visible from CONUS in a century.

The solar eclipse of 1979 was total from Washington/Oregon through northwestern North Dakota. Solar eclipses in 1970 and 1963 were also total in parts of the lower 48. And coming up in 2024 and 2045 there will be total eclipses that cross CONUS.
It's the first total eclipse in almost a hundred years that traverses the entire width of the Lower 48, and I think a lot of people misunderstood that somewhat. Seems to be a common mistake.
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Old 08-19-2017, 12:31 AM
 
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Anyone who claims they saw an eclipse and didn't think much of it either only saw a partial eclipse (and were not in the path of totality), or they have no soul.

It's like a parent saying, " yeah I was there when my kids were born, I didn't think it was that special"

Totality is IT!
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Old 08-21-2017, 07:20 AM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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Anyone who claims they saw an eclipse and didn't think much of it either only saw a partial eclipse (and were not in the path of totality), or they have no soul.

It's like a parent saying, " yeah I was there when my kids were born, I didn't think it was that special"

Totality is IT!
I have no soul? Dang, I didn't get the memo that thinking a lot about an eclipse was one of the requirements!
In the same spirit, those who don't share pictures of cute kitty cats on facebook have no soul. I found that out a while back.
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Old 08-21-2017, 02:29 PM
 
Location: Heart of Dixie
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I've spoken with several people who were in the "totality zone" and most were disappointed. They expected it to be darker and to last longer. The one thing that did impress them: the hundreds of crescents projected onto the ground through the trees. I suppose the hype raised expectations for those who had never seen a solar eclipse.

I was in the 98% totality zone, and the cicadas were deafening at the point it seemed like the sun was setting. They went silent when it became bright again.
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Old 08-21-2017, 04:07 PM
 
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I've spoken with several people who were in the "totality zone" and most were disappointed. They expected it to be darker and to last longer. The one thing that did impress them: the hundreds of crescents projected onto the ground through the trees. I suppose the hype raised expectations for those who had never seen a solar eclipse.

I was in the 98% totality zone, and the cicadas were deafening at the point it seemed like the sun was setting. They went silent when it became bright again.
I tried looking for crescents, but couldn't really tell. Probably had to do with the angle of light creating long narrow shadows through the trees. I've been in partial eclipses with only a sliver of the sun, and to me, it seemed they were darker than this one, not black but gray. But it did get dark today, except along the horizon away from the sun which looked like there was more sunlight in the sky far off in the distance. I did see what I think was the planet Venus, which was quite bright during the totality. I was also impressed by the "diamond ring effect" as the Sun was reappearing from the totality. That was very cool. I was also impressed during the totality to see the solar glow around the dark moon. Totality in Albany Oregon lasted about 1 minute and 50+ seconds.

Our cats seemed to ignore things. One kept trying to jump up in my lap. I also saw a large bird, probably a hawk flying around. Didn't seem like it was trying to roost. I didn't see any smaller birds though. None of the dogs around the neighborhood seemed any different than usual.

Maybe the people who had higher expectations were hoping to see something happen like out of "2001: A Space Odyssey"? From my point of view, it's not an event you see happen everyday. I understand the next total eclipse over the US again will be April 8, 2024. It'll likely be partial in Oregon.
Missed the eclipse today? America's next one is in 2024 - CNN
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Old 08-21-2017, 04:08 PM
 
Location: Almost Paradise
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I was in the 100% zone and it was amazing! Not sure what others were expecting.
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Old 08-21-2017, 04:11 PM
 
Location: Heart of Dixie
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I tried looking for crescents, but couldn't really tell...
They are most obvious when the shadows are cast onto a flat surface. They are more difficult to see on grassy areas.
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Old 08-21-2017, 04:56 PM
 
Location: Almost Paradise
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I've got great pics of crescents on both concrete and grass. I'll try to post later.
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Old 08-21-2017, 08:48 PM
 
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Anyone who claims they saw an eclipse and didn't think much of it either only saw a partial eclipse (and were not in the path of totality), or they have no soul.

It's like a parent saying, " yeah I was there when my kids were born, I didn't think it was that special"

Totality is IT!
I was in the totality zone, South Carolina, and thought it was definitely cool to see, it was my first total solar eclipse, but afterwords I was thinking a total solar eclipse during sunrise or right before sunset (if those are even a possibility) would be the "ultimate" since the sun would appear to be huge due to the optical illusion.
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