Solar Eclipse - August 21 (for North America)

Discussion in 'Anything Goes' started by derstuka, Jul 24, 2017.

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Will you be watching the solar eclipse?

Poll closed Aug 22, 2017.
  1. Yaaa mon, fer sure!

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  2. Nawww, I am washing my hair that day

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    28.6%
  3. Maybe, if I fix my tinfoil hat in time

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  4. Duuude, like what is a "solar eclipse?"

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  1. tinkerinWstuff

    tinkerinWstuff Administrator Staff Member

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    I used my #9 and survived
     
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    Understood. I am just a messenger here. I sell tools and know how to write tickets. I have looked directly at the sun during a partial solar eclipse several decades ago as a child and I don't know if there was any damage to my eye or not because of it. I have some optical issues but so does everyone else my age. It is just that these days, I am older and wiser and will tend to listen to scientists and doctors who are far more educated in many matters than I. What I have learned though is that to take two lesser welding lenses, add the two together, does not add up to a specific higher number. This I learned from the welding experts of our company. No personal knowledge.
     
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    Badbilly Official VFRWorld Troll Of The Year!

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    Great leader took a look at the sun yesterday sans eye protection. You guys are just a bunch of pansies.
     
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    I was Total'd !!!

    Left Calgary around noon on Aug20 for the Idaho Desert.
    Smokey for the drive south on I15.
    Got to my spot in the desert just after midnight.
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    Slept in the Chateau Chrysler.
    Was no one there, cept for this guy with his dogs in an RV.
    Quiet night.

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    Then in the morning, there was, Eggs/Bacon & Coffee.

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    Then,,.. there was,,.. Everybody!,,..
    Kids playing Frisbee, "older" kids flying Drones around,,..
    Music players with Space/Moon/Sun related tunes,,..
    Was looking like the early start of a Grateful Dead Concert.

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    Not sposed to be off the Hiway,,.. probably where the Alien bodies are buried.
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    This DOE Security guy was talking to various Eclipse Chasers,,..
    Probably doesn't want Tourists digging up Radio-Active waste as Souvenirs.
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    Lighting gets Weird as Totality approaches.

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    The Prize.
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    A Orange Ring ran around the horizon from the Forest Fire Smoke.
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    Then back to "normal'.

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    Police rerouted traffic away from I15 since it was jammed up.

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    Bugs won't get outa the way fast enough at the posted 80mph.
    That's just from the last gas fill.


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    It was stunning, and worth the $165cdn in gas and 2190km round trip in 2 days.
    People were great, next to me was a family from France, rented a car from Texas.
    I setup the 4K camera to point West and Time Lapse'd the Eclipse coming/going.
    Turned out very cool,,.. now to just figure out how to cut it down to 30 seconds.
    I used 2x #10 welding glass, stacked. And a #12 at Bailey's Beads, then Total Nakedness.
    Old school, like we used to do in the 60's & 70's (Dad was a Welder).
     
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  5. tinkerinWstuff

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    Fortunately others on the team had extra glasses to go around. A couple glances with #9 at 95+% and it was obvious that it wouldn't be enough to look for long. I shut the shop down for a long lunch and we had a pot luck. Some folks had their families come in and enjoyed it with us. Was a great day. Except for the traffic trying to get through town in the morning and afternoon to get closer to totality. I saw people doing 50 in a 30 through town, whole lines of cars refusing to obey a traffic light, and my wife's coworker got t-boned. People are so dumb in groups.
     
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  6. derstuka

    derstuka Lord of the Wankers Staff Member

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    Waaaaaaay too much credit there honcho!
     
  7. Samuel

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    Especially in DC! And a few specific smaller groups in Northern CA too! haha
     
  8. 34468 Randy

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    Every year now for several years there has been a group of motorcycle guys who act like children in and about the Atascadero area. Basterds!
     
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    Eclipse Time Lapse Video (48sec)

     
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    GatorGreg Honda Fanboy/LitiGator

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    Awesome write up and pics/vid! I agree it was worth the drive - in my case it was over 900 miles round trip from Orlando to Columbia with a stopoff at hotel in Augusta GA the night before. Here's my eclipse vid - totality hits around the 3;45 mark!

     
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