Welcome to the North American Total Solar Eclipse 2017 Forum!
This forum was created to serve as a place to discuss all aspects of North American Total Solar Eclipse 2017 (and eclipses in general). It is not the appropriate place to discuss the observation and imaging of the Sun in the normal everyday type. That is reserved or the Solar Observing and Imaging forum.
Any question or topic that the moderators deem to be beyond the scope of the North American Total Solar Eclipse 2017 will be moved to a more appropriate forum or locked.
We would also like to remind members not to double or cross post questions. Please choose to post in the forum that you feel is most appropriate. If you decide that your post would be better answered in an alternate location, feel free to click the “Notify Moderator” link on your message and request to move it to a different forum.
While many people are quite capable of safely modifying and using modified solar telescopes and observation equipment, we choose to err on the side of caution. CN will not allow posts dealing with the modification of commercial equipment intended for solar astronomy (or images taken with such equipment) or the modification of other potentially harmful devices (e.g. laser pointers). While the results of modifications may seem attractive, the possible adverse consequences are deemed significant. Any posts dealing with these types of modifications, or linking to sites which feature them, may be removed by the moderator.
The moderation and administration staff reserves the right to decide on the appropriateness of posts. If after reading the above, you wonder whether you should post something then you probably should not. CN's policy on this matter will always be safety first.
Cloudy Nights exercises a strict image posting policy. This policy includes both original images as well as derivative works (such as memes.) If you do not, personally, own the image or it does not come from a tax-payer-funded agency which grants the right to redistribute their images; please do not post the image. When we say “post” an image, this refers to images that are uploaded to Cloudy Nights, as well as images that are hyperlinked so that the image is displayed from within your message.
Moreover, due to the connection speeds of the myriad of servers and client machines involved, we ask that you not display any images in a single message that are individually, or collectively, larger than 500 kilobytes in size.
Commercial Issues (*Relaxed Vendor Rules Apply to this Forum ONLY*)
Due to the special and temporary nature of this forum the Administrators have agreed to relax the vendor posting rules in this forum only. Vendors are allowed to participate in any discussion on any topic and any product but they are expected to be courteous, objective, and non-promotional. Attempts to skirt these rules will result in an immediate ban. Be adults. These special rules will expire when this forum is archived, or sooner if this extraordinary privilege is abused. The Vendor rules found in the Terms of Service still apply in all other fora of Cloudy Nights.
The moderators of this forum will create a vendor thread, wherein each vendor with 2017 eclipse-related products will be allowed a single post containing a brief (30-50 words) description of their products and which may direct the reader's attention to a link in the vendor's signature. Contact a moderator of this forum to arrange having your post included.
You can find the Solar Eclipse 2017 - Vendor Thread here.
- Your North American Total Solar Eclipse 2017 moderator team