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#1 TheMouseInTheTelescope

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Posted 19 February 2024 - 07:36 PM

Hello-

 

I’m based on Long Island, NY (a suburb of NYC) and would like to see the eclipse.

 

It appears that numerous locations in upstate NY, VT and even Canada are within the path of the eclipse!

 

can you recommend some good viewing locations in this area? Especially those with interesting scenery/nature!



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Posted 20 February 2024 - 05:18 AM

Hello. Your biggest challenge now is finding a place to stay, as most hotels  within the path are sold out.

There are still some available , but be expected to pay a premium.

The weather historically in the NE in early April is mostly cloud cover, so just be cautiously optimistic. This should not deter you however from traveling to the path to see a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Also if you have not done so already, order eclipse glasses.

Good luck


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Posted 20 February 2024 - 10:50 AM

Hello. Your biggest challenge now is finding a place to stay, as most hotels  within the path are sold out.

There are still some available , but be expected to pay a premium.

The weather historically in the NE in early April is mostly cloud cover, so just be cautiously optimistic. This should not deter you however from traveling to the path to see a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Also if you have not done so already, order eclipse glasses.

Good luck

Eeks…how bad cloud cover are we talking about? Is it wiser to travel to a different part of the country if you want to see it?



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Posted 20 February 2024 - 11:32 AM

Eeks…how bad cloud cover are we talking about? Is it wiser to travel to a different part of the country if you want to see it?

There's a whole bigger discussion about that you can read in other posts,  but you would pretty much  have to go to Mexico for the best probability of clear skies.

 

That doesn't mean anything is guaranteed on eclipse day, so just keep that in mind.

 

If its not practical for you at this point to travel far, you might just want to stay local.



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Posted 20 February 2024 - 11:38 AM

I live in central Vermont and will be going north on eclipse day for viewing. It would be nice to go out west for a better chance of clear skies, but it's just not feasible this year. At the very least we'll be overwhelmed with darkness and I may get some DXing of distant AM radio stations (see Joe Rao's article in the Apriil Sky & Telescope). Our weather is extremely variable and I choose not to be put off by long-term averages.


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Posted 20 February 2024 - 04:19 PM

I've had good luck today finding spots to stay on AirBnB.  I even found someone on the Canada/Vermont line that is setting up camping on their property specifically for the eclipse.It's in Richford, VT if you're interested.


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Posted 20 February 2024 - 09:35 PM

Jay Peak is having a free outdoor concert with a band playing Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" album in its entiretly timed for totality.  That's the best idea I"ve heard yet.

 

Going to wait until the last few days to decide.  Scoping locations from Oakfield/Patten/Houlton Maine west to Rochester.

 

If it's northern VT I'm thinking I would just drive back south until I find a place to stay if needed. e.g. White River Junction/Lebanon NH, etc. The camping in Richford sounds interesting.  Depending on the weather I might pack a tent.  It could easily be a winter camping situation that week.  I'm close enough to get some coffee & drive home if necessary.  I'd rather stay somewhere up there though.


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