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Offline Pete Bog

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Taaveling for Solar Eclipse
« on: August 13, 2017, 09:10:24 PM »
   The Wife and I are headed down to Pressey Wildlife management area south of Broken Bow Nebraska for the upcoming Solar eclipse. Talked with the nice folks in Oconto, NE. They're looking forward to this event too.  I've been waiting for one for over fifty years when I experienced a partial eclipse when I was 12. I've built three Projection scopes and sure hope it isn't cloud covered for the two minutes of the total eclipse. As part of the bushlore skills, how many of you can tell the time by looking at the moon's phase and its position in the sky? Is anyone else traveling to take in this event?

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Re: Taaveling for Solar Eclipse
« Reply #1 on: August 13, 2017, 09:38:17 PM »
That's about 4 hours southwest of me.   I've been trying to figure out how I'm going to get down into the northwest-southeast eclipse band that cuts across Nebraska without being close to any of the bigger towns.  The Pressey Wildlife Management Area sounds like a distinct possibility.  I definitely plan to be in the Sandhills region somewhere.  New tires on the Vulcan and I NEED a ride! :)
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Re: Taaveling for Solar Eclipse
« Reply #2 on: August 14, 2017, 04:43:44 AM »
We looked into going.  We're in the SE.  Too far to drive without a campsite or hotel room lined up.  Parking spaces are steep for a 2 minute event.  Pass.
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Re: Taaveling for Solar Eclipse
« Reply #3 on: August 14, 2017, 07:29:15 AM »
Happy I don't have to travel anywhere.  You couldn't pay me to get near an interstate, major highway, or even a secondary road the day before, the day of, or the day after the eclipse.  I'm almost dead center in the path of totality.  The furthest I have to travel is to walk outside the door.  Having several friends that live nearby over here for an eclipse party.
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Re: Taaveling for Solar Eclipse
« Reply #4 on: August 14, 2017, 08:35:45 AM »
I hear you imnukensc, we're going to sit tight down there for four days just to avoid the traffic. Nebraska is expecting an influx of up to 410,000 people from out of state for this event, according to one of the law enforcement press releases. Add that to the state residents crowding onto a 60 mile wide band and it should be hectic. Wolfy, hope you have a safe ride. If all the campsites are full, we'll be South of the Pressy Shooting Range or in Oconto. Stop by, We'd love to meet you.

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Re: Taaveling for Solar Eclipse
« Reply #5 on: August 14, 2017, 10:33:34 AM »
I am maybe 150 miles from the path.  I avoid crowds and have no plans to go near the path. 
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Re: Taaveling for Solar Eclipse
« Reply #6 on: August 14, 2017, 01:45:44 PM »
We'll get about 92%.  Wife and I are headed to the beach.  We'll walk a couple of miles from the beach access point.  It's been my experience that the further you get from the access point, the fewer people you will encounter.  In most cases, a  couple of hundred yards and you have the place to yourself.

We've got our "special" glasses and a solar filter for the camera.  Now.......if Mother Nature cooperates with a cloudless sky........

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Re: Taaveling for Solar Eclipse
« Reply #7 on: August 14, 2017, 06:40:53 PM »
To be perfectly honest, I'd gladly give up the opportunity if we could trade it for a decent rain.  Rain is becoming more rare here than solar eclipses! :-\
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Re: Taaveling for Solar Eclipse
« Reply #8 on: August 14, 2017, 11:27:25 PM »
I see the ranchers South of Broken Bow, Nebraska are selling out some of their cattle because there is no pasture and no hay to be had for lack of rain. My daughter in south central South Dakota is in the same situation. Broken Bow got some flooding on the 12th, but those heavy quick rain storms don't do much for the crops. It won't do much now anyway, the damage is done and there'll be no recovery for this year.

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« Reply #9 on: August 15, 2017, 08:04:52 AM »
It is getting grim out here in western South Dakota too.  Our cows normally are rotated among three pastures and in a normal year when the the third one is getting thin the first one could be used again for a time.  Not this year.

Fire hazard is way up and one of my neighbors just mentioned that he is past the fire danger as there is nothing left to burn.  Another neighbor put a round bale out for his horses. 
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Re: Taaveling for Solar Eclipse
« Reply #10 on: August 15, 2017, 08:15:50 AM »
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Re: Taaveling for Solar Eclipse
« Reply #11 on: August 15, 2017, 09:54:07 AM »
Thanks Nuke, I won't be around to see most of those but maybe a couple if I am lucky.   :-X
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« Reply #12 on: August 15, 2017, 10:37:44 AM »
I'll watch it on TV......LOL
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Re: Taaveling for Solar Eclipse
« Reply #13 on: August 15, 2017, 11:33:50 AM »
Thanks Nuke, I won't be around to see most of those but maybe a couple if I am lucky.   :-X

Barring anything unforeseen, I should be around for the one next Monday.  I'll be worm food for the rest of them.
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Re: Taaveling for Solar Eclipse
« Reply #14 on: August 15, 2017, 12:13:00 PM »
I might just wait for the next lunar eclipse......no special glasses needed and I'm usually up most of the night anyway. :coffee:
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Re: Taaveling for Solar Eclipse
« Reply #15 on: August 17, 2017, 01:36:09 PM »
I was planning on traveling to my upper horse pasture.

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Re: Taaveling for Solar Eclipse
« Reply #16 on: August 19, 2017, 06:47:52 AM »
Solar activity is on the increase, there is the possibility of seeing a flare during the eclipse. There are a number of big sunspots all in a line, moving in our direction as the sun rotates. 

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Re: Taaveling for Solar Eclipse
« Reply #17 on: August 20, 2017, 10:03:26 PM »
I wish I could travel to nearby Oregon to view the total eclipse.  But work and other obligations keep me in California.  I hope to see a partial eclipse, but will not get to experience totality.

It's especially tough for me because I was once within miles of seeing a total solar eclipse.  But I was in Zambia on a bushcraft trip.  And traveling those last miles was not in the cards.  I did see the Moon obscure the Sun about 96%.  Oh well... <sigh> :)

If anyone is curious about what the Zambia eclipse was like, here's a link to some of my pictures:

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« Reply #18 on: August 21, 2017, 07:07:36 AM »
If you cannot or do not feel the uge to be in the direct path.. https://www.nasa.gov/eclipselive/#NASA+TV+Public+Channel

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« Reply #19 on: August 21, 2017, 09:08:37 AM »
Thanks for the link, John Van Gelder!

It will come in handy if this low overcast doesn't burn off.  :)

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Re: Taaveling for Solar Eclipse
« Reply #20 on: August 21, 2017, 11:56:11 AM »
How cool.. I only had about 98% here.  I used my binoculars to focus the sun on a white piece of cardboard.  Worked really well.  As it progressed it got noticeably cooler.

Something to look for as the shadow moves East, if you look at the ground you will see lots of crescent shapes, the light passing through the foliage on the trees is a variation on the "pin hole" projector. 

My resident ravens gathered up like they do in the evening..

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Re: Taaveling for Solar Eclipse
« Reply #21 on: August 21, 2017, 01:12:13 PM »
We got about 95% I guess, pretty interesting to watch.  Used a pinhole and then went to my No. 14 welding plate.  It worked very well. 

Our onset was about 10:28 AM and peak was 11:46 AM.  It was 76 F at onset and dropped to 71 F at peak.  At present it is 78 F. 

I would not have driven too far to see it nor would I have paid any money for access to a high ridge. 

People were interviewed this morning who asked what sunblock to use and whether they should put their animals in the house so they didn't hurt their eyes.   
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Re: Taaveling for Solar Eclipse
« Reply #22 on: August 21, 2017, 03:10:04 PM »
The weather forecast was for rain here, but we had clear skies and it held off until the 'event' was over.  We had 96-97% of totality which was good 'nuff fer me.....meh. :shrug:   I was much more excited to see a much needed and decent rainfall about an hour later.....more rare than an eclipse here anymore, it seems.  :-\
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« Reply #23 on: August 21, 2017, 07:03:30 PM »
100% totality here.  A very unique experience.  Several friends over for some dang good BBQ, drinks, laughs, etc.  Chickens went to roost quickly and came off the roost quickly.  The shadow effect JVG mentioned was quite evident. 
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« Reply #24 on: August 21, 2017, 07:35:48 PM »
Sadly, the clouds and rain moved in.  The beach looked promising at the start, but we had just a few minutes of breaks in the clouds.






















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« Reply #25 on: August 21, 2017, 07:53:02 PM »
Great pics as usual, crash.  Sorry you got rained out.  Pic of the eclipse shadows through the leaves on a maple tree as seen on the concrete near the shed.  This was taken shortly after totality.



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Re: Taaveling for Solar Eclipse
« Reply #26 on: August 21, 2017, 08:09:17 PM »
Neat shots, guys!  :thumbsup:    We didn't take any pictures, but it was interesting to hear the birds go silent :-X and the crickets start chirping.   Wind gusts started coming up, the clouds moved in and it started to RAIN shortly afterward.....it must take an eclipse for that to happen. :shrug:
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Re: Taaveling for Solar Eclipse
« Reply #27 on: August 21, 2017, 09:25:20 PM »
Lots of great shots posted. 

 
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Re: Taaveling for Solar Eclipse
« Reply #28 on: August 21, 2017, 11:37:46 PM »
I traveled between the front yard and the back.   Cloud covered the sun most of the event.  Got some nice looks though, and as interesting as it was,  I just can't see driving around the Country to get a 'better look'.
A friend lives out in Wyoming.  He sent me a link to the DOT website where they had live cams of the highways.  Solid bumper to bumper traffic for hundreds of miles.  That's insane.

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« Reply #29 on: August 22, 2017, 01:06:37 AM »
I agree!  :cheers:
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« Reply #30 on: August 22, 2017, 04:22:43 AM »
Our goal, and as you can see from the first few pictures was to travel to where there were as few people as possible.  I get grumpy with too much human contact.

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« Reply #31 on: August 22, 2017, 06:42:25 AM »
Great photos..

Apparently we all survived the eclipse, the world did not end, there were not any major disturbances, as was predicted by the "doom and gloom" folks.

A few new videos proclaiming that the eclipse proved beyond a doubt that the Earth is flat. That the sun and moon are very close and under "the dome"..

The next prediction of doom is for Sept. 23... 
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Re: Taaveling for Solar Eclipse
« Reply #32 on: August 22, 2017, 07:09:53 AM »
 crashdive123

Tell us about how you took the sun pictures, those are really cool..

The beach pictures are very nice as well..

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« Reply #33 on: August 22, 2017, 12:24:04 PM »
I used a solar filter on my Nikon Coolpix 510.

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« Reply #34 on: August 22, 2017, 02:04:53 PM »
I saw those Wyoming photos Mannlicher refers to.  They are estimating that 1.3 million people came to Wyoming for this event.  The article mentioned that wrecks on I-25 closed southbound lanes for a time. 

Being prone to avoiding crowds it was easy to stay home.  We had clear skies for a time then cloud cover came in but it was light enough we could see the 95% we got clearly.  Used welding shield that had a 14 designation to it.  Looked through the binocs with the welding lens held in place and that worked well too. 
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Re: Taaveling for Solar Eclipse
« Reply #35 on: August 24, 2017, 04:32:37 AM »
my buddy lives in Eastern Wyoming.  He works for DOT as an engineer.  He told me that Life Flight made 6 trips to chaos for rescue missions. 

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« Reply #36 on: August 24, 2017, 09:24:40 AM »
I saw those Wyoming photos Mannlicher refers to.  They are estimating that 1.3 million people came to Wyoming for this event.  The article mentioned that wrecks on I-25 closed southbound lanes for a time. 

Being prone to avoiding crowds it was easy to stay home.  We had clear skies for a time then cloud cover came in but it was light enough we could see the 95% we got clearly.  Used welding shield that had a 14 designation to it.  Looked through the binocs with the welding lens held in place and that worked well too.

1.3 million people....that had to have tripled the population for that day...LOL
Used the pin hole in a shoe box method....cloudy and sprinkling...but did get a glance thru the clouds....

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« Reply #37 on: August 24, 2017, 11:25:56 AM »
Yes, it more than doubled it for the couple of days they were there. 
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« Reply #38 on: August 24, 2017, 12:24:41 PM »
crashdive123

If it is OK I would like to move some of your photos over to the August Photo section.  Those are really nice photos.

what kind of sun filter did you use?

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« Reply #40 on: August 25, 2017, 06:29:30 AM »
crashdive123

The beach pictures are very nice I spent a lot of time at sea, and living next to the ocean in Alaska, I kind of miss it.

I had a place in Ketchikan, right on the beach, during the high tide winter storms the cement foundation was in the water.  There was an old Sitka spruce log, that had come in over the reef in a storm, and was trapped, when the water got high enough that big log would bang up against the house foundation.  Never enough water so I could get in there with my boat and haul the log away.

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« Reply #41 on: August 26, 2017, 10:08:20 AM »
I spent quite a bit of time at sea too.