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#1 kjkrum

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Posted 30 January 2024 - 09:58 PM

I'll be visiting family in Fort Wayne during the eclipse. Anyone else viewing it in that area? I'm just planning to drive south into the path of totality and park on the side of a road somewhere. I suppose there will be farmers charging for parking in open fields.
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Posted 30 January 2024 - 10:13 PM

I will be driving down to Winchester (East of Indianapolis, near the Ohio border) from Marquette on the Saturday before the eclipse. They are hosting a viewing site at the Winchester Speedway, just West of downtown Winchester on highway 32. The last I knew, they were not planning on charging for entry, and will have food and other festivities at the Speedway (and bathrooms), if you want to consider that. I will be there with a couple telephoto lenses and a telescope on Equatorial trackers. I have talked to the organizers, and they have indicated that they will have an area set aside for astronomers and photographers. Winchester would be about 1 1/2 hours (+/-70 miles) from Fort Wayne under normal traffic conditions, although traffic may be heavier on eclipse day, so you should plan accordingly.

 

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Posted 02 February 2024 - 03:23 PM

I just talked to one of the organizers at Winchester, Indiana, and she said that the racetrack owners told her that there will be camping available at the racetrack, in case anyone is still looking for a place. If anyone is interested, let me know and I can get contact information to make arrangements. I plan to arrive on Saturday night, and will be meeting with the racetrack owners on Sunday to set up an appropriate area for astronomers and photographers for the eclipse. She is planning on sending me a flyer when they are done, which will hopefully have more information

 

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Posted 03 February 2024 - 10:55 AM

I'm thinking the Winchester area might be good for me. I do have offers in Muncie, Indianapolis and Ferdinand, Indiana, but I would like to get to the center line if possible. I'll look into the Winchester Speedway site. I'd love to see totality from my home state, but I'm willing to go where I need to.


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Posted 03 February 2024 - 01:01 PM

My family is looking at heading to a Purdue University Forestry and Natural Resources property in Eastern IN that my dad helps to manage.  Most of my family wants to stay away from other people due to the crowded situations that will occur, and also just most of us prefer privacy. I personally would like to be somewhere with people just because if I have my club's solar telescope with me I might get a chance to share the hobby with someone who hasn't looked into a solar scope before, but I'm going where my family is going.


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