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#1 sanbai

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Posted 06 April 2024 - 08:41 PM

With so much stress around due to the forecast and last minute (change of) plans.. I'm taking it easy. Anybody else?

I'm in Broken Bow, OK area. I'm enjoying the weekend. We'll move to the Arkansas side (De Queen likely - not far) on Monday, but just to advance a bit our way home before the eclipse. Forecast is not good or bad. We'll take whatever nature delivers and enjoy darkness at 13:47.

To be fair, we'll be moving back to Europe within a year, and 2026 and 2027 TSEs are in my home country, so we'll have more chances.

Anyway, take it easy. It took me 25 years to see my second one (this), cloudy or not.

Edited by sanbai, 07 April 2024 - 10:00 AM.

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Posted 06 April 2024 - 08:58 PM

Life will go on just fine whether we see it or not.
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Posted 06 April 2024 - 09:18 PM

I never had any plans to travel regardless of the weather. I have seen two partial eclipses but not a total. Even though I would like to see totality, If it turns out cloudy, I would be more disappointed if I had never seen the former. 



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Posted 06 April 2024 - 09:36 PM

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To be fair, we'll be moving back to Europe within a year, and 2026 and 2027 TSEs are in my home country, so we'll have more chances.

Anyway, take it easy. ..

I hope you will organize a 2026 Cloudy Night meet for us there ;-)


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Posted 07 April 2024 - 09:14 AM

I am also in Broken Bow. Will head into Arkansas if the weather here worsens.


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#6 sanbai

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Posted 07 April 2024 - 10:09 AM

I am also in Broken Bow. Will head into Arkansas if the weather here worsens.

Astrospheric is giving us a chance, but AR seems more successful.

If you are staying here, I'll be jealous. It's such a nice area! Sadly, we have to go back home after totality. I fear more of the traffic jam than the weather.

Well, at least the forecast for tonight is good. I'll have to drink more coffee to stay alive and chase some galaxies with the dob.

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Posted 07 April 2024 - 11:30 AM

I hope you will organize a 2026 Cloudy Night meet for us there ;-)

In 2005, my hometown was right in the path of the annular solar eclipse. I helped my then local club to organize a meeting there, with my then very limited English skills and a website. It wasn't a big crow, but we got quite some people in the group.

After everyone had set up in the observing field, a cloud above the sea persisted in interfering with the views. We quickly decided to move a few kilometers inland to an industrial area with enough place for us. We succeeded and had a great event. We went back to the seaside for an also great lunch.

I'm afraid that my organizing abilities for 2026 will be very insufficient. It doesn't help that we most likely will be living in Germany, but Spain. It doesn't help either that this will be at the very peak of summer vacation season. Crows are ensured even without eclipse! Despite being close to the path, I don't count with going back to my family place that night.

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Posted 07 April 2024 - 05:06 PM

I chose to go on an organized tour, and as a result, I am stuck in Fredericksburg, TX. Oddly, that makes it easier for me to be philosophical about whether or not I see totality. All I can do is chill, keep my fingers crossed, and hope we are not entirely clouded out.

It helps that I saw totality in 2016 and 2017. It also helps to know that if I am clouded out this time, I still have potential opportunities ahead in 2026, 2027, 2028, and 2030.

Astronomy is very good at keeping us humble!
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Posted 08 April 2024 - 10:19 PM

Nature was nice to me and my family. It made it more interesting thanks to the fully clouded gray sky as we departed the cabin.

In the end, we decided to stop in a small town in Arkansas (Ben Lomond) as the apparently best bet in our way home, saving a good chunk of the post-eclipse travel. While some clouds interfered during short times in the partial phase, the totality was nicely visible through some thin high clouds, and we enjoyed it very much together with some locals. I got some nice pictures for our memories.

 

I hope you all enjoyed somehow the event!

 

Next stop, August 12, 2026 in Spain.


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