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LukeSkywatcher

Total Solar Eclipse 2017

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Long story short...........i may very well be observing it right from the comfort of my sisters back garden in Corvallis (Oregon). I may have to travel a few miles north or south to be in the path of totality........but not far.

Fingers crossed.

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Paul you are not that far from the central line in Oregan. I understand that the best location for weather in Oregan is Willamette Valley not far from Salem. I have a son that lives close to San Francisco so I am hoping to view the eclipse in Oregan as well.

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Paul you are not that far from the central line in Oregan. I understand that the best location for weather in Oregan is Willamette Valley not far from Salem. I have a son that lives close to San Francisco so I am hoping to view the eclipse in Oregan as well.

is it really wise to be a stranger in Salem when the sun disappears?

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Long story short...........i may very well be observing it right from the comfort of my sisters back garden in Corvallis (Oregon). I may have to travel a few miles north or south to be in the path of totality........but not far.

Fingers crossed.

Nice one! I really want to try to see this eclipse if I can.

A total eclipse, and looking through a telescope from the southern hemisphere are high on my 'bucket list'.

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I hope to be in the USA then as well.

My friend lives near Columbus Ohio. I checked the map and the nearest location to see totality from where she lives is Bowling Green, Kentucky. She tells me it's only a 4 hour drive to get there, nothing by American standards.

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We are considering it as well, turning it into part of a road trip through Colorado, Arizona and California

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IF i get there (it's a big IF........way too far ahead to start planning right now), i am wondering the best way to do things:

A/ Bring my camera and tripod and try to image it (probably miss it because too busy looking at camera screen).

B/ Bring my lil' 70mm refrac and tripod and Hershel wedge (probably miss it trying to find the Sun..........LOL).

C/ Bring my eclipse glasses and just enjoy my first (and probably last) total solar eclipse.

OR 

D/ All of the above and the whole thing will be clouded out. I'll be bringing a camera anyway for everyday photography.......(may as well bring the tripod). If i have the tripod with me.........(may as well bring the scope and Hershel wedge).

Checked the eclipse tracker link above. My sisters placee is right in the path of totality.....so no need to travel. Just as well because me no plan to rent car. 

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Given that it's only a 2 minute eclipse, my plan will probably be mainly naked eye (+ eclipse glasses).  I would have the camera running with something like a 200mm lens on a tripod and take a cheap Windows tablet to run specialist eclipse software which automatically controls the camera during the entire event (http://www.moonglowtechnologies.com/products/EclipseOrchestrator/index.shtml), leaving me time to just enjoy the moment.

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I am also thinking of travelling to the States for this. Can anyone advise on the pro and cons of east vs west coast weather wise? Clearly the east is a shorter flight the UK. 

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Given that it's only a 2 minute eclipse, my plan will probably be mainly naked eye (+ eclipse glasses).  I would have the camera running with something like a 200mm lens on a tripod and take a cheap Windows tablet to run specialist eclipse software which automatically controls the camera during the entire event (http://www.moonglowtechnologies.com/products/EclipseOrchestrator/index.shtml), leaving me time to just enjoy the moment.

Its a very short totality. I'm thinking just enjoy it with eclipse glasses. Probably plan to spend a week in the States. Travel around a bit and take in the sights of Oregon (if there are any) and then head into California (i'd love to see LA and San Fran).

What is public transport (trains) like between Oregon and Cali?........bearing in mind i am a wheelchair user.

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Its a very short totality. I'm thinking just enjoy it with eclipse glasses. Probably plan to spend a week in the States. Travel around a bit and take in the sights of Oregon (if there are any) and then head into California (i'd love to see LA and San Fran).

What is public transport (trains) like between Oregon and Cali?........bearing in mind i am a wheelchair user.

In general you will find rail service in the U.S. to be primitive at best. We here have totally bought into the "personal transportation" ethic. We in America do not use rail or public transportation anywhere nearly as often as do European and Asian countries do. When we travel we either fly or drive ourselves. It is not that rail in unknown, it is just not used very often and is therefore limited.

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In general you will find rail service in the U.S. to be primitive at best. We here have totally bought into the "personal transportation" ethic. We in America do not use rail or public transportation anywhere nearly as often as do European and Asian countries do. When we travel we either fly or drive ourselves. It is not that rail in unknown, it is just not used very often and is therefore limited.

Interesting. I thought the US was/is top notch when taking into consideration disabled users.

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We are considering it as well, turning it into part of a road trip through Colorado, Arizona and California

same here, but might stop at Vegas.

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I plan to image and look. I will use my 80mm with Solar film, which I can pop off the scope the moment of totality, and pop on the moment the chromosphere peeps through the valleys on the other side. A flip mirror will allow quick switching between observing and imaging. The SUNoculars will also be along for the ride as well

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I live in Portland, Oregon, USA.  I know where I will be August 21, 2017.  I will be at Oregon Star Party, which takes place every August in central Oregon.  It is one of the largest star parties in the US.  In recent years, we usually have about 500-600 attendants.  Also have the darkest skies of any major star party.  It's quite out in the middle of nowhere, and at 5000 ft elevation.  OSP, I understand, has been at this same site, every August, for about 25 years.  In 2017, the site will be well within the path of totality, as OSP is in session.  It is expected that there will be a jump in attendance that year.  No one knows what the demand will be.  But  due to forest service restrictions, attendance will be limited to 900.

Anyway, as a local person, I would be happy to try to answer any questions I can.  For instance, Mark stated that he heard that the best weather is in the Willamette Valley.  In this context, of course, best weather means lower probability for clouds.  Oregon has 2 mountain ranges running North/South.  Willamette valley puts you between the Coast range and the Cascade range (which is the higher mountain range).  East of Cascades is all high desert.  Probability of clouds is much lower when you go East past that mountain range.  That's where I will be.

Dana

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We too are going to be on a 4 week holiday to the US at the time of the eclipse, and Kansas seems to be where I will see it.

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Hello Dana welcome to SGL. As you can guess there will be lots of Brits wanting to cross the Pond to view the Eclipse next year. My son lives in Livermore CA and I have not decided whether to drive up or catch a plane to Portland and hire a car to drive to the centre line.

I was thinking of going to Willamette Valley but should I consider Warm Springs/Madras area?

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Hi Mark,

As you can verify yourself by looking at weather maps, Warm Springs/Madras should have much lower probability of cloud cover than Willamette Valley.  Yes that would be a great location for viewing.

Were you thinking of booking a hotel room for this?  I wouldn't wait too long to book.  Might be difficult to find an opening even now.

Dana

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Thanks Dana. I was talking with my son this evening (your lunchtime) and I should have mentioned the locations. I think I will discuss this further with him because I am sure he will want to view the Total Eclipse. He enjoyed the Annular and Venus Transit in 2012 when we viewed it together then.

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