Anyone Heading To The Path Of The Eclipse?

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  1. flyinguitars

    flyinguitars Well-Known Member

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    I'm making a vacation around it. We are headed to Myrtle Beach next Sat so we can be close to the path of totality.....taking the wife, kids, and dog...lol
    Hopefully there are clear skies!
     
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    I am in the path, here in Oregon, just on the edge...My cousin has a second home dead center. and we both decided to skip it. Hundreds of thousands of cars on the road, food and gas shortages....nah, it will look great from my front yard, even if it is only 99%....not worth the perhaps 12 hours in traffic (each way) with no way to get gas on the way home :)

    I do hope it works out for you, though, Nothing is better than time with family :)
    I will have my son and daughter here....got the correct glasses ready...
     
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    You are lucky to be so close! We are getting about 75% totality where I live, so since I have the vacation time and the kids are still out of school, we decided to book a beach vacation around it. It's about a 7-8 hour drive and I'm going to make it early the Sat before, so hopefully traffic will be normal.
    Waiting for my glasses to arrive in the mail tomorrow. ..lol
     
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    I work right next door to the St. Louis Science Center. They said that we will see 99.9% of totality. Some people are driving a few miles farther south to get the 100% totality but I think 99.9% is good enough. We are supposed to get a lot of people coming in from out of town (at least that is what the news reporters say).
     
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    During 100% totality you can look at it without glasses (naked eyes)...that's the whole big deal about totality. I've never seen one in totality but it supposed to be awesome. My luck it will probably rain..lol
     
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    I got my special glasses.

    I heard you are not supposed to look up at it even during 100% totality because you would still see the ring (corona?) of the sun around the moon. That is what a spokesperson for the Science Center said anyway. Why even risk your eyesight?
     
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    I'd love to, but I'm afraid we're out of the path :shrug:
     
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    I really wish I could Mike. Can't wait to hear about it!! Keep us posted and hope the weather is perfect for you.

    When the kids were younger, we went to Myrtle Beach 7 or 8 years. Great vacation spot for the family and the beach is great. Water nice and warm too.

    DP
     
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    Supposedly if you are in the path of totality, you can look at it without glasses only when it's in total eclipse....something like a 2 minute window without danger....but if it's not totally eclipsed, you can damage your eyes.
    I'm going for it since we will be in the path. I saw one when I was a kid in the 70s and still remember it....I want my kids to remember this one..lol
     
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    Thanks Darryl! I've never been that far south via car, so I'm looking forward to it.....plus I'm tired of the Jersey beaches. .lol
     
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    Looking forward to this. I inherited vintage polomar binoculars from pops. Gonna watch the eclipse through these glasses... lol..
     
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    The way I see it, it's going to happen whether I'm there or not. :shrug: I'll probably have a shot and a toast in it's honor.
     
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    Punch a hole in paper, save your eyes.
     
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    I'm just SW of St. Louis, the whole area is all hyped up. Luckily, I can just walk out my front door and look up.
     
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    Headed to a ranch in Madras, Oregon. Leaving Saturday, staying until Tuesday.

    Here at home we'll still see around 93% totality, so it should be still pretty cool for my co-workers whom I'm leaving behind for the event.
     
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    I've heard this too, about the looking at it with the naked eye. I am super interested in seeing the corona during totality and just observing.

    All my friends and coworkers think I'm a huge nerd, but fuck 'em anyway. It's gonna be cooler than shit!
     
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    Im in missouri and its supposed get fairly dark, i just happen to be at walmart last month and i noticed a display they had with the glasses and shirts. The glasses were $1. so i got 5 pair and im glad i got the 5 i got. I gave away 3 to a few friends and now everyone is in a panic to get some no one has any left.

    I then remembered my dad had some welder goggles so i dug em out and one set is a shade of 5, and one set is a shade of 7 and the $1. glasses are E15

    The lenses pop out of the welder goggles so i can stack em to so i have 5, 7, 12 and the cheap E15 i hope everything works correctly.

    I think ill have enough filtering to look at it a while.

    I was kinda thinking of rolling one of my Marshalls outside when it got dark play some AC/DC riffs for the fun of it.
     
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    Three of us live in Missouri and are in the path of the eclipse. We can get our Marshalls out and play "Bark at the Moon" or "Total Eclipse of the Heart". OR just AC/DC...
     
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    I am taking my son tonight to his grandmother's house in Philomath, OR.
     
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