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August 22, 2017 · in News · 11 · 2.2K

Pictures (especially from my camera) cannot do justice to seeing a total eclipse with the naked MK1 eyeball. The hue the atmosphere takes on while having a sunset 360 degrees around you is indescribable. It's one of those things you have to experience for yourself. Now I understand why people travel the globe for these magical few minutes. Martin, please feel free to move this where it belongs. I was unsure but needed to share. Chime in if you're an iModeler in the US (or if you traveled here) and witnessed today's spectacle.

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  1. Here in Daytona Beach, it was reported that totality would likely reach somewhere around 85-90 percent or thereabouts. That would've happened around 3:45 or so. I watched reports of some of the progression around the country (primarily in Oregon, where it began in the US) and anxiously waited to see what effect it would have here. I didn't have any "eclipse glasses", but assumed I would see SOME sort of a 'difference' in the afternoon light. Frankly, I was a little disappointed in that it barely got any darker at all (some, but not what I had hopefully expected)...and it was a clear day, too. Guess I'll just have to wait another what? 38 years? I'll only be 109. Whaddya think? No chance, huh? 🙁

    • There is one in 2024 going from Texas to Main. Head on up to Indiana. We could meet up with Jeff Baily. As far as it getting darker, the last photo in my set before the total eclipse (where it is just a sliver of orange) I tried looking without the glasses and you couldn't even tell there was anything in front of the sun and I needed to avert my eyes immediately as it still seemed normal brightness. When totality occurred it was as if someone flipped a light switch between midday and twilight.

  2. That is VERY weird. No wonder people got scared way back.

  3. Yeah - drove from Tulsa up to KC to visit my daughter, and took the up an hour from there to be directly in the path - only to sit under a huge tent in the middle of 25 muddy acres in the rain! We did get a few glimpses of the sun on it's way to eclipse, and got the "full dark" effect though we couldn't see the sun at all during full eclipse, so no look at the corona, etc. Oh well - waiting now for 2024...

  4. I think I was working on my Cougar build. Besides in the northeast we got less of it.

  5. This was my 2nd, kind of, witnessed the one in 79 under overcast sky's, today was almost perfect out here in Oregon, We were in the 90-95 % zone, had the glasses and rigged up a scope on a tripod, that cast the image onto a piece of paper so you could see the progress without starring at the sun the entire time (even with those cool glasses: trust issue's ! ). Always love this nature stuff, lets one know who's really in charge !

    • We saw it around 13:20 CDT, I think Oregon was around 10? I would have loved to see it with the sun lower in the sky. We did have a partial here in Oshkosh about five or six years ago that was at sunset. The sun was low enough that you could get some unprotected glimpses with the naked eye. That was my first solar eclipse of any kind that I had seen.This was much more impressive! I guess Texas is getting 4 1/2 min totality in 2024 and Florida a whopping 7+ min in 2045!

  6. I saw a total eclipse in 1994, in a school trip. I went to Socoroma, up high in the Andes. I remember the quiet, the birds going to sleep for minutes, the diamond ring... one of the best experiences in my life.

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