I plan on traveling from Ohio to Hopkinsville, Kentucky to view the Total Solar Eclipse on Aug 21 of this year. I was 7 years old the last time a total solar eclipse passed close enough to where I live that I could actually view it (1994). Of course, at that age and at that time, we didn't have anything beyond a crudely made pinhole projector. Now that I'm older, I appreciate these things much more to the point I'll be bringing along my family to share the event.
I was curious is anyone else had plans to view this epic event. If you plan on taking a trip, or are fortunate enough to live close to the path, what are your plans for the event? Will you be viewing through your telescope? Using special eye wear? Just curious what plans my fellow backyard astronomers have.
As for me, I've never viewed the Sun through a telescope. I own an AT72ED that could be fitted with a filter. Does anyone with a small Apo have a suggestion for which filter to use? I'm guessing a White Light filter like this from Astronomics would be enough to protect our eyes and view the sun/corona safely.
General solar Eclipse Info for Easy Access:
Top 10 Places to View the Eclipse (Space.com)
28 Page Slide Show about the Eclipse (Space.com)
How to Safely Observe the Sun (Space.com)
Quick and Easy Viewing Techniques (Exploratorium.edu)