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All set for the Eclipse ?
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: August 21, 2017 10:20AM
80% totality here at 2:31 PM EDT. I cleaned up my Shade 13 lens and put it in my old school welding helmet. I "could" have used my autodark helmet, but faking turning it on with an IR source is just ... eh, why bother. So when the skies go dark(ish) I'll head out and gaze upwards.

This is only the second eclipse I can remember. I still remember seeing the July 20, 1963 eclipse. We had perhaps 80% then, and I loved playing with the little crescent light spots made by the leaves in the trees above me. Dad said I should not look up, so I was good and did not. It's one of my favorite early memories....

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Re: All set for the Eclipse ?
Posted by: billb
Date: August 21, 2017 10:31AM


any time



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Re: All set for the Eclipse ?
Posted by: 3d
Date: August 21, 2017 10:33AM
No fancy schmancy glasses here...
I'll have to do it the old fashioned way during lunch.

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Re: All set for the Eclipse ?
Posted by: billb
Date: August 21, 2017 10:41AM
The surges as hundreds or thousands of solar panels go dark and then suddenly/gradually generate power again will be an interesting test of our power grid
as will the somewhat sudden changes in demand. Like as people stop working.

Listening to some Alan Parsons.



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Re: All set for the Eclipse ?
Posted by: DP
Date: August 21, 2017 11:01AM
I cleaned up my Shade 13 lens and put it in my old school welding helmet

I trust you've researched this as I've heard that "normal" welding helmet visors aren't safe. There are only some vision plates that will work for the Eclipse and they aren't common.
As a side note, we've heard about the counterfeit glasses being sold. I hope some of these manufacturers/sellers get prosecuted. It would be bad enough if I suffered damage but if my children's eyes were damaged or blinded, I'd be out for blood. I mean, can't anyone print "ISO" on fakes? How do you know for sure? Amazon didn't...

I'm getting some high clouds as a warm front with rain is approaching. Hopefully it won't get here too quickly...





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Re: All set for the Eclipse ?
Posted by: jdc
Date: August 21, 2017 11:04AM
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billb
The surges as hundreds or thousands of solar panels go dark and then suddenly/gradually generate power again will be an interesting test of our power grid
as will the somewhat sudden changes in demand. Like as people stop working.

Ummmm, not really? You are aware its an hour and half to span the whole country, right? moving 1600 MPH?

Have you looked at the path? the only"dark" parts are mostly rural. And solar panels in the south are rare. Theres still plenty of sun in the rest of the USA.

What % of the country is pure solar power? 0%?

The sun going dark/getting brighter happens everyday. Its called sunset and sunrise.





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Re: All set for the Eclipse ?
Posted by: nwyaker
Date: August 21, 2017 11:08AM
#14 recommended for viewing.
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Re: All set for the Eclipse ?
Posted by: RecipeForDisaster
Date: August 21, 2017 11:12AM
Got my legit glasses, hoping to sneak out to the parking lot to look. And then likely share my glasses with 25 others who work here and don't have glasses.
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Re: All set for the Eclipse ?
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: August 21, 2017 11:20AM
....lights out.....



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Re: All set for the Eclipse ?
Posted by: billb
Date: August 21, 2017 11:52AM
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jdc
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billb
The surges as hundreds or thousands of solar panels go dark and then suddenly/gradually generate power again will be an interesting test of our power grid
as will the somewhat sudden changes in demand. Like as people stop working.

Ummmm, not really? You are aware its an hour and half to span the whole country, right? moving 1600 MPH?

Have you looked at the path? the only"dark" parts are mostly rural. And solar panels in the south are rare. Theres still plenty of sun in the rest of the USA.

What % of the country is pure solar power? 0%?

The sun going dark/getting brighter happens everyday. Its called sunset and sunrise.


I applaud your willingness to display your ignorance online.
Well done.



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Re: All set for the Eclipse ?
Posted by: Filliam H. Muffman
Date: August 21, 2017 12:00PM
I've been banging my pots at the monster, but it keeps eating the Sun!



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Re: All set for the Eclipse ?
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: August 21, 2017 12:10PM
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nwyaker
#14 recommended for viewing.
Dark sunglasses plus shade 13... I tested it with full sun, and it was okay. I will only have 80% dark, so my retina will still be closed up mostly. Exposure will be a brief peek.
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Re: All set for the Eclipse ?
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: August 21, 2017 12:10PM
Got a really dark pair of Bans, so I'm good!



Hurts like a bastid...
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Re: All set for the Eclipse ?
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: August 21, 2017 12:16PM
......I wear my sunglasses....at night....



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Re: All set for the Eclipse ?
Posted by: jdc
Date: August 21, 2017 12:31PM
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billb
I applaud your willingness to display your ignorance online.
Well done.

Are you sure you arent listening to Art Bell, and not Alan Parsons. RollingEyesSmiley5





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Re: All set for the Eclipse ?
Posted by: RecipeForDisaster
Date: August 21, 2017 12:49PM
We are already passing around the glasses... looks like Pac Man! So neat!
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Re: All set for the Eclipse ?
Posted by: mstudio
Date: August 21, 2017 01:20PM
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RecipeForDisaster
We are already passing around the glasses... looks like Pac Man! So neat!

Lucky you. Cloudy here....nothing.
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Re: All set for the Eclipse ?
Posted by: DP
Date: August 21, 2017 01:32PM
Getting very overcast here in SE lower MI. T'storms predicted this after noon. Got an hour and a half of images so far...





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Re: All set for the Eclipse ?
Posted by: Filliam H. Muffman
Date: August 21, 2017 01:35PM




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Re: All set for the Eclipse ?
Posted by: 3d
Date: August 21, 2017 01:38PM
We are sharing one pair of glasses here in the office (NYC). It's kinda cool. When looking through the glasses everything is pitch black except for the shape of the partially covered sun. Kinda like the thousands of pics you see online... BUT DIFFERENT ;)
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Re: All set for the Eclipse ?
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: August 21, 2017 01:47PM
The whole department went outside and looked through Shade 12 welding lenses (yeah... we sort of have a LOT of them... startrek 16 ). I used my hood and shade 12 lens.

One colleague had 'official' eclipse glasses with what looked to be a partial silvered lens... true color ! VERY cool ! We had partial cloud but were still able to see the moon consume the sun, and then spit it back out....
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Re: All set for the Eclipse ?
Posted by: jdc
Date: August 21, 2017 01:49PM
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Filliam H. Muffman

LOL!





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Re: All set for the Eclipse ?
Posted by: robfilms
Date: August 21, 2017 01:50PM
i'm attempting to do a time lapse with my panasonic g7 and the iphone 6s+.

it has been an epic fail!

i am photographing the pinhole on the floor of my apartment but the darn thing keeps moving as the sun crosses the sky.

ugh.

but i'm learning.

betcha i'll have it together the next time!

Camera

be well.

rob



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Re: All set for the Eclipse ?
Posted by: jdc
Date: August 21, 2017 02:08PM
Still waiting on the power grid to power back up. smiley-laughing001





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Re: All set for the Eclipse ?
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: August 21, 2017 02:24PM
All our concern about students looking up at the sun.. 99% never even glanced, they were too busy texting.



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Re: All set for the Eclipse ?
Posted by: Filliam H. Muffman
Date: August 21, 2017 02:29PM
The grid is almost full again.




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Re: All set for the Eclipse ?
Posted by: davester
Date: August 21, 2017 02:39PM
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billb
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jdc
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billb
The surges as hundreds or thousands of solar panels go dark and then suddenly/gradually generate power again will be an interesting test of our power grid
as will the somewhat sudden changes in demand. Like as people stop working.

Ummmm, not really? You are aware its an hour and half to span the whole country, right? moving 1600 MPH?

Have you looked at the path? the only"dark" parts are mostly rural. And solar panels in the south are rare. Theres still plenty of sun in the rest of the USA.

What % of the country is pure solar power? 0%?

The sun going dark/getting brighter happens everyday. Its called sunset and sunrise.


I applaud your willingness to display your ignorance online.
Well done.

There's a display of ignorance (not to mention rudeness) all right, but it's not jdc's.



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Re: All set for the Eclipse ?
Posted by: Speedy
Date: August 21, 2017 02:42PM
Completely overcast. But it got noticeably darker at 82%.



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Re: All set for the Eclipse ?
Posted by: mrlynn
Date: August 21, 2017 03:02PM
I think we were due for 65% or something, but I took a nap.

However, my daughter's family in Virginia rigged up a pair of binoculars (one side) on a tripod and projected the solar image on a sheet of paper. Pretty cool:



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Re: All set for the Eclipse ?
Posted by: Speedy
Date: August 21, 2017 04:34PM
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I think we were due for 65% or something, but I took a nap.

However, my daughter's family in Virginia rigged up a pair of binoculars (one side) on a tripod and projected the solar image on a sheet of paper. Pretty cool:



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Re: All set for the Eclipse ?
Posted by: Lux Interior
Date: August 22, 2017 09:25AM
Traveled down to Greenville SC and it was awesome.

Hot as hell, but still awesome.

Would do it again.

Any MRFers live in the path of totality for Chile/Argentina in 2019?

Definitely on for 2024! Over 5 minutes of totality and desert climate in Texas!
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Re: All set for the Eclipse ?
Posted by: maco
Date: August 22, 2017 12:26PM
I drove up to Glendo, WY population 203.

2m 28s of totality. It was amazing. People had traveled there from all over the world. I met some really cool astronomers. The drive home was very slow, lot's of traffic.
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