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Old 06-21-2017, 09:31 AM   #43
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We'll be at Defeated Creek, Carthage TN. Already ordered glasses and stamps. http://about.usps.com/news/national-...7/pr17_032.htm
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Old 06-21-2017, 09:57 AM   #44
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We'll be on Casper Mountain just outside Casper, WY. Made our reservations in December 2016.
To offer similar info to what other have, we have an assortment of viewing gear. Because I'm the biggest nerd I bought #14 filters for welding goggles. We have normal sunglass-style goggles for my partner and his family and each pair of those came with a couple pair of cardboard-with-exposed-film spares so we'll be able to share with the unprepared on the mountain. We didn't get any goggles for the dog, but I'm pretty sure he's smart enough not to look at it or he'd be blind already.

We rented a motorhome out of Denver for my partner's dad and sisters, who are flying into Denver to meet us. We, of course, are doing the Flying Cloud thing.
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Old 06-21-2017, 01:28 PM   #45
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We're at Wind River RV Park in Riverton, WY. We made our reservations here in January because our third grandchild was due 1 June. At that time they asked if we would be staying for the eclipse and warned us that they were doubling the prices for then. We said we would be long gone by then. When we arrived here they again reminded us that the prices would double for the eclipse.

We're old enough to remember eclipses when we were younger, so we'll let the young people have the good viewing spots. We'll be elsewhere.
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Old 06-21-2017, 02:42 PM   #46
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We're at Wind River RV Park in Riverton, WY. We made our reservations here in January because our third grandchild was due 1 June. At that time they asked if we would be staying for the eclipse and warned us that they were doubling the prices for then. We said we would be long gone by then. When we arrived here they again reminded us that the prices would double for the eclipse.

We're old enough to remember eclipses when we were younger, so we'll let the young people have the good viewing spots. We'll be elsewhere.
Double? Pfft! The boondocking sites at the county park on Casper Mountain are 6x the normal $10/night rate, w/ a 5-night minimum. *cough*

Ah, well, I've spent more on less....
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Old 06-24-2017, 04:14 PM   #47
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Instructions for Observing the Total Solar Eclipse in Wyoming

Issued by the U. S. Naval Observatory, Washington:

'Instructions for Observing the Total Solar Eclipse'. There are 30 pages and three engraved plates. During the Eclipse there is also a chart of Planets and and Stars in the vicinity of the Sun that can be seen.

It was recommended that those viewing the Eclipse directly... Having something to light up anything that you are using to sketch the Corona, as the lighting may not enough to see your paper.

"Finally, two or three minutes before the beginning of totality, let the observer close his eyes and cover them with a handkerchief, so as to make them as sensitive as possible."

I leave the rest of the instructions up to all of you. "These are instructions issued to the government eclipse expeditions and sent out by various nations during the last ten years."

Oh... for you old timers who may remember. This was the Total Eclipse of July 29, 1878. Please post your sketches.

Find this paper on a search of FREE government publications. I have the 1878 copy... but will avoid the handkerchief technique.
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Old 06-24-2017, 04:38 PM   #48
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MY 1869 Total Eclipse Experience with Wyoming Boondockers

When I was returning my 1878 Total Solar Eclipse paper to my shelf of obscure materials... I discovered a second volume for those of you who may not still be driving, but may recall the event.

Unifreck... Jan and Ed. Ed took some tin types of his observations while on an Expedition with geologists in Wyoming Territory... Hayden Surveys. He still owns his original 1868 Interstate.

Reports on the Total Solar Eclipse of August 7, 1869
U. S. Naval Observatory
Commodore B. F. Sands U. S. N.

This contains 217 pages AFTER the event. Engravings of what was seen.

Beginning of the Eclipse: 4:15PM (Carlyle, IL, 1,100 feet south of Court House, ON the Ohio and Mississippi Railroad)
Total Obscuration: 5:15PM
First Sunlight: 5:17PM
Disappearance of any obscuration of Sun: 6:11PM
Duration of Totality: 1 minute 27 seconds

Your 2017 experience may vary according to the number of Solar Panels upon your roof.
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Old 07-18-2017, 02:43 PM   #49
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Going down near Clarksville TN, boondocking in the AS on friends land a couple days prior to eclipse event. On the 21st, heading north, early morning, up to Hopkinsville KY to the high school parking lot (reserved site), $30.00 a car load, with large areas on the lawn for pop-up awnings, coolers, and chairs. Hope the weather will cooperate. Awaiting shipment of lens filters from Thousand Oaks Optical.
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Old 07-18-2017, 05:08 PM   #50
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Wow, hadn't really paid a lot of attention to it but it looks like I'm 2 miles from the center line in Salem SC. Time for a party, I live on 30 acres not saying I could hold a lot of visitors but might be willing to take on a few depending on rain if any body is interested PM me. Also Palmeto cove RV park isn't to far out of range AS www.palmettocove.com
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We've got a spot at a county park in western SC - and I'm getting psyched.

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Old 07-20-2017, 03:29 PM   #52
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At last check Bailey's Point Campground had available sites. COE campground on Barren River Lake. We have rented a pontoon to go into the totality.
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Old 07-21-2017, 09:05 PM   #53
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We will be at Platte River RV in Glenrock WY. They have opened up a field for campers for dry camping and I believe there are openings. It is expensive for what it is but it is a matter of high demand and low supply. Weather is normally good in that part of the country.
This is our 3rd eclipse - they are worth the effort! Go if you can.
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We are currently test flying the equipment. Jenna is making the necessary adjustments. See the Washington Post link below.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/...=.7cf7a9513405
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Old 08-03-2017, 08:16 AM   #55
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Madras, Oregon- right on the center line, good climate and reasonable temperatures . . .
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Madras, Oregon- right on the center line, good climate and reasonable temperatures . . .
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