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Old 06-24-2017, 04:47 PM   #1
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Solar Panel Owners: Solar Eclipse Warning!!!

You no doubt are following the Solar Eclipse Thread on this Off Topic Forum.

Total Solar Eclipse- August 21, 2017 by nvestysly, a Wyoming Boondocking Survivor

Do not look directly at your Solar Panels during the Eclipse. You may be tempted, but avoid direct eye contact.

IF you must, put a paper sack over your head with two cutouts for your eyes to view your Solar Panel(s). You will stand out in a crowd of Solar Eclipse viewers in Wyoming. Ignore these peasants.

Enjoy your Wyoming Solar Eclipse! You missed the 1869 and the 1878... do not miss this one if at all possible.

Oh... Thalweg will provide the Paper Sacks for observing your Solar Panels.
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.... also ... resist the temptation to drink a case of beer first, "just in case this is the end of the world" .. been there / done that - hangover is still an issue.

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Solar Panel Efficiency Drops when surface is HOT (?)

Uncle Bob... Blue Moon Belgian White would be... appropriate.

For those who managed to understand this Thread was a slight Spoof on the Solar Eclipse... there was something on the radio that did get my attention. It cannot be Fake News, as I heard it on the... radio.

Solar Panel efficiency drops when the surface temperature of the panels... increase.

Especially when you see these large Solar Power Panel plants south of Boulder City, Nevada in the 100F to 120F air temperature ranges. Then in a Basin... the heat must be, exceptional.

Has anyone heard a disclaimer or can verify this as being true? Not that I want to 'fry eggs' on a solar panel, but if this is true... what kind of drop is found at increasing surface temperatures?
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You no doubt are following the Solar Eclipse Thread on this Off Topic Forum.

Total Solar Eclipse- August 21, 2017 by nvestysly, a Wyoming Boondocking Survivor

Do not look directly at your Solar Panels during the Eclipse. You may be tempted, but avoid direct eye contact.

IF you must, put a paper sack over your head with two cutouts for your eyes to view your Solar Panel(s). You will stand out in a crowd of Solar Eclipse viewers in Wyoming. Ignore these peasants.

Enjoy your Wyoming Solar Eclipse! You missed the 1869 and the 1878... do not miss this one if at all possible.

Oh... Thalweg will provide the Paper Sacks for observing your Solar Panels.
Will plastic WalMart sacks work? Paper sacks are getting hard to find.
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I won't be watching the Wyoming Eclipse. I will be watching the Idaho Eclipse.
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I won't be watching the Wyoming Eclipse. I will be watching the Idaho Eclipse.
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Where did you find an opening in the Forest to watch anything in Idaho?

Thalweg and I tried to find a high point near DuBois, Wyoming last year. We found the 'high point'... but no place flat enough to park a trailer. It also was raining/sleeting, at the time and in... mid August, during a drought.

At the DuBois, Wyoming campsite in August 17th, 2016 it not only rained, it snowed, sleeted and you could not see the Sun. So... in a way it was a Poor Man's Total Solar Eclipse... preview of possibilities.

Sure... we will have our Paper Sacks ready and flashlights. If we guess wrong and are camped in Wyoming while it is raining, sleeting and snowing... we will use Thalweg's Plastic Walmart Bags, instead.

Check the weather about 35 minutes before you plan to stop in Wyoming for a viewing... Idaho, as well. As the Climate can Change in 60 minutes at some spots in the Rockies.
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Where does a guy with 600 posts get off telling us not to drink beer?

Ok, a case is excessive, but some of us like our beer.



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Be careful of the Beer one may want to drain one end of a bottle. Especially during a Stellar / Lunar rare event that could be mistaken as an annual event. You may see the Stars, but only in your sleep.

I discovered, although I liked the bite and flavor of IPA and double IPA beer, that IPA beer interfered with my... SLEEP. Almost like caffeine, but in a sneaky way... not expected.

So I must sample those beers I can find that offer that... bite ... but do not come with a tail and a mouth full of teeth.

The Beer Cutoff for making Beer Opinions is 599 posts on the Airforums. Uncle Bob has been busy the last 24 hours. My posting on the Airforums would have better suited me had I remained quiet after... the 599th.
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Where does a guy with 600 posts get off telling us not to drink beer?

Ok, a case is excessive, but some of us like our beer.



Hi

Actually a better measure of beer is the keg. Stumbling over all those bottles in a crowed trailer when blinded by viewing an eclipse is such a hazard ...

Still looking for a gas fired chest freezer to convert into a keg cooler ...

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Beam me up Scotty there's no intelligent life down here

I am ready for the Eclipse.
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Moonshine and Sunshine in Wyoming / Idaho

Most ignore predictions of bad things occurring during Solar Eclipses.

The Inca, Sun God Inti, could not predict Eclipses and when angered... produced a Solar Eclipse to show his anger towards... well, Airstreams. They, these early models, shined like the moon at night. The driver of the Airstream was required to fast after an eclipse. Soon after the eclipse, it still remains customary, that the 'Leader of the Airstream Eclipse, Lumatic, provide food and refreshments to those attending the spectacle.

The Moon is the Wife of Inti, the Sun to the Incas.

Moonshine and Sunshine to those participating in this event in Wyoming, and Idaho.

Now... you know the rest of the story. If it is not true, may the clouds be thick and the snow deeper than half of your 16 inch Michelin tires.
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