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#1 Look at the sky 101

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Posted 17 November 2021 - 08:40 PM

Hi all ,

Have you started planning your day?
Are you going to move around to get a better look at it?
What will you watch the eclipse with?

For my part, I will celebrate my wedding anniversary at the same time.
Mazatlan will be the destination.
I will be watching the eclipse with my binoculars and cel Phone for video and photos.

 

This is a very interesting site with a lot of information. 

The site is in 3 languages.   Eclipse2024.org 

What about you?


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Posted 17 November 2021 - 09:20 PM

Good topic! I was just looking at the path yesterday and noticed Mazatlán was right in the middle. Very tempting! I did not have the AP bug for the last eclipse, so may want to take a stab at some better photos/videos this time. Last time it was just a time-lapse using my iPhone, but I still enjoy watching it.

 

Anyway looking a possible viewing sites, but no firm plans yet. Mazatlán sounds great though and I may end up there also!


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Posted 18 November 2021 - 09:08 AM

And here I am thinking I was headed to some place exotic like out in the countryside near Broken Bow Oklahoma,  lol.  

 

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Posted 18 November 2021 - 09:26 AM

Good topic! I was just looking at the path yesterday and noticed Mazatlán was right in the middle. Very tempting! I did not have the AP bug for the last eclipse, so may want to take a stab at some better photos/videos this time. Last time it was just a time-lapse using my iPhone, but I still enjoy watching it.

 

Anyway looking a possible viewing sites, but no firm plans yet. Mazatlán sounds great though and I may end up there also!

Let me know if you go ‍♂ 



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Posted 18 November 2021 - 09:33 AM

And here I am thinking I was headed to some place exotic like out in the countryside near Broken Bow Oklahoma,  lol.  

 

Chuck

Lol, I don't really have a choice.

First, there is no total eclipse where I live.

Two, wedding anniversary. 

I love the Pacific Ocean and the West Coast.

I'm sure my wife will love it too. 


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Posted 18 November 2021 - 09:42 AM

I know this thread is very early, but planning sometimes takes time, especially now.

I wanted to make this thread so that some people here with more experience can share their experience with us.

 

What to bring as equipment or not to bring.

Plane tickets and hotel reservations often require advance notice.

This is the purpose of this exercise.


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Posted 18 November 2021 - 01:03 PM

I will be right in the totality path but the weather usually is overcast and rainy that time of year in my neck of the woods.  I probably have only about a 10% chance that I will be able to see anything.   I learned long ago not to worry about these things.  Other events to view/image will come.  

 

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Posted 18 November 2021 - 01:18 PM

I will be right in the totality path but the weather usually is overcast and rainy that time of year in my neck of the woods.  I probably have only about a 10% chance that I will be able to see anything.   I learned long ago not to worry about these things.  Other events to view/image will come.  

 

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I understand but this event is still rare, this time I do not take a chance.

Maybe better said, I put more luck on my side.



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Posted 18 November 2021 - 03:15 PM

I am well prepared for the 2024 eclipse - and, if the weather cooperates, I won't even have to go anywhere. My observatory sits in the path of totality. With the eclipse happening in April, the chances that the weather will be suitable aren't really all that great, but I can always hope. I've got a Coronado double-stacked h-alpha scope, multiple Baader film filters, and I just ordered an Altair Solar Wedge - and multiple cameras to record everything.  I'm also planning to order some eclipse glasses (well before 2024 to ensure availability) because I crazily invited my high school graduating class and my family to an observing party. 

 

Looking forward to this event more than the partial of 2017, which yielded this picture.

 

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Posted 18 November 2021 - 04:25 PM

I am well prepared for the 2024 eclipse - and, if the weather cooperates, I won't even have to go anywhere. My observatory sits in the path of totality. With the eclipse happening in April, the chances that the weather will be suitable aren't really all that great, but I can always hope. I've got a Coronado double-stacked h-alpha scope, multiple Baader film filters, and I just ordered an Altair Solar Wedge - and multiple cameras to record everything.  I'm also planning to order some eclipse glasses (well before 2024 to ensure availability) because I crazily invited my high school graduating class and my family to an observing party. 

 

Looking forward to this event more than the partial of 2017, which yielded this picture.

Nice photo .

Yes you are right about the glasses,  good idea to order theme now .



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Posted 19 November 2021 - 10:52 AM

Ideally in the vicinity of Greatest Duration would be a good spot.  

 

https://eclipse.gsfc...r08Tgoogle.html

 

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Posted 19 November 2021 - 11:55 AM

Mexico-2024-Total-Eclipse-Cruise-Tour-OCEAN_WX.jpg

 


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Posted 19 November 2021 - 02:27 PM

A depressing graph for most of us on the track.  Here in Plattsburgh it looks like 70% chance of cloud. That's about what I anticipated.

I just turned it on it's head and am happier that 30% chance of clear skies is likely. 

I like that much better!


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Posted 19 November 2021 - 02:59 PM

https://astronomy.co...merican-eclipse



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Posted 22 November 2021 - 06:28 PM

It passes right over my observatory, about 10 miles west of the centerline. Trouble is we're pretty cloudy that time of year. I have 4 telescopes and 5 cameras ready for the event, however.
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Posted 23 November 2021 - 09:51 AM

It passes right over my observatory, about 10 miles west of the centerline. Trouble is we're pretty cloudy that time of year. I have 4 telescopes and 5 cameras ready for the event, however.

It passes quite close to my home, but let's say that luck favors the clouds more than me.

So I will move to mazatlan in Mexico.

Warmth, beautiful landscapes of the west coast, wedding anniversary and all topped off with an eclipse.


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Posted 23 November 2021 - 05:41 PM

It passes right over my observatory, about 10 miles west of the centerline. Trouble is we're pretty cloudy that time of year. I have 4 telescopes and 5 cameras ready for the event, however.

I'm in Indiana also and plan on observing from my yard, cloud gods willing.


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Posted 23 November 2021 - 05:50 PM

Going to Fredricksburg Texas is what I was thinking. Lots of parks around. Lower probability of clouds than Carbondale, Illinois. Not sure if I want to leave the US.

Hopefully in 2024 weather prediction, especially regarding cloud cover, will have improved over what we had in 2017. Some of my observing friends traveled hundreds of miles away from us on a gamble of fewer clouds. But we lucked out and got 2 minutes 14 seconds of clear sky totality at a nearby park.
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Posted 24 November 2021 - 02:10 PM

It would be very interesting (for me at least) to see your eclipse pictures.

Thanks. 



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Posted 25 November 2021 - 10:59 AM

I meant your old photos.



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Posted 14 December 2021 - 07:17 PM

I started to look at the best places to have good weather, Mazantlan in Mexico seems to be the place.

I have talked to travel suppliers and they tell me that the reservations are higher than usual.

In Mazatlan the percentage is already at 40%, which is huge for a destination with sun in 2 years.

I guess we have to think about it already.

What are your plans? 



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Posted 03 January 2022 - 05:21 PM

Here's some site that might help you. 

 

https://www.space.co...2024-guide.html

 

https://eclipsophile.com/2024tse/

 

https://eclipse.gsfc...r08Tgoogle.html

 

https://skyandtelesc...-solar-eclipse/

 

https://www.accuweat...ted-states/2186

 

Hope it will help you out. 



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Posted 04 January 2022 - 05:01 PM

Got rv. Traveling to Texas for best chance of clear skies. Will stealth camp and watch weather reports make final decision where to camp n April 7th for prime weather. My luck Texas will be overcast and skies are clear in Illinois. I’m hooked on totality. I love being inside the moon’s shadow.
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Posted 04 January 2022 - 05:56 PM

Since I live soutwest of Houston, I'll probably head somewhere west of Austin.


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Posted 04 January 2022 - 06:33 PM

Got rv. Traveling to Texas for best chance of clear skies. Will stealth camp and watch weather reports make final decision where to camp n April 7th for prime weather. My luck Texas will be overcast and skies are clear in Illinois. I’m hooked on totality. I love being inside the moon’s shadow.

Texas has a much better chance I think of being cloudless.

I wish you a cloudless sky. And you'll get to see a lot of the country.




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