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 Post subject: Re: 2017 Total Solar Eclipse
PostPosted: Sat Aug 19, 2017 10:10 am 
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Panic mode. For the first time the marine layer has not gone away early in the AM and its just now starting to clear. Right about now would be the max. eclipse. There's only a day to reverse this.

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 Post subject: Re: 2017 Total Solar Eclipse
PostPosted: Sat Aug 19, 2017 1:54 pm 
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And... monsoonal moisture is moving this way.


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 Post subject: Re: 2017 Total Solar Eclipse
PostPosted: Sat Aug 19, 2017 2:40 pm 
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Ma Nature could conspire to ruin our 83% eclipse on Monday morning. Hoping the clouds and rain hold off until after it's over.

http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.ph ... Ziweyh942x

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 Post subject: Re: 2017 Total Solar Eclipse
PostPosted: Sat Aug 19, 2017 3:04 pm 
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[quote="Sierra Lady"]Here is an eclipse story unlike any others...

I found a pair of old paper eclipse shades that belonged to our dear, elderly friend Rick. Sadly, he suffers from Alzheimer's and we moved him from a assisted living facility in Bishop to a memory care facility in southern CA three years ago, but we still maintain his condo and property here in Mammoth. He is a retired aerospace engineer who traveled the world extensively and taught in the Peace Corps in Malaysia.

I pulled out the glasses to use next Monday in case I don't go up to the summit of Mammoth Mountain for the viewing (they are providing eclipse glasses to all participants). When I opened them up, I saw a note written on the inside of them and did some research. Turns out Rick traveled to Turkey to view the solar eclipse there on March 29, 2006. He did some amazing things in his travels and this is just one of them! :o :clap:

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_ecl ... h_29,_2006[/quote

It looks to me like he viewed the eclipse near Ascension Island off the west coast of Africa, most likely on one of those eclipse cruises since he wrote "near Ascension", not much else but water near Ascension. Alzheimer's is a sad cruel disease. I'm sorry he is not able to share his memories of the 2006 eclipse with you.
Good luck tomorrow with your viewing. There's not going to be too much to see down here in LA.


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 Post subject: Re: 2017 Total Solar Eclipse
PostPosted: Sat Aug 19, 2017 3:13 pm 
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No, I believe our friends' note meant the ascension of the sun, not the location he was in. He was too cheap to ever take a commercial cruise (he has been aboard big freighters when they were deadheading back to home port and he would pay to ride in the bunk room!). My guess is he joined his aerospace buddies at the Malaysian Space Agency since he used to teach in Malaysia when he was in the Peace Corps.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malaysian_Space_Agency

Yes, Alzheimer's is a disease I wouldn't wish on anyone. We're glad we knew him in his brilliancy because the man literally was a genius. :inlove:

The monsoon may ruin our viewing on Monday. :(

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 Post subject: Re: 2017 Total Solar Eclipse
PostPosted: Sat Aug 19, 2017 5:58 pm 
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Think positive thoughts! Tstorms usually really build up after noon.

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 Post subject: Re: 2017 Total Solar Eclipse
PostPosted: Sun Aug 20, 2017 1:33 pm 
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Back to the box. The telescope tripod is broken and the telescope is a low budget affair. The box keeps everything aligned and dark so I'm gonna prop it up for tracking. Hinged a lid for the scope with duct tape light leak flaps. Made a foam collar to keep out light leaks on the scope hole with leftover foam tape. Lining the inside of the box with a black plastic trash liner. Keep It Simple Stupid.

Bring.It.On.


*fog rolls in, ends up watching on tv*

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 Post subject: Re: 2017 Total Solar Eclipse
PostPosted: Mon Aug 21, 2017 7:51 am 
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Nice cloud mass moving our way.... booo :swear:

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 Post subject: Re: 2017 Total Solar Eclipse
PostPosted: Mon Aug 21, 2017 8:37 am 
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snowhottie wrote:
Think positive thoughts! Tstorms usually really build up after noon.

^ Not today. As I feared...BIG. BLACK. CLOUDS. :(

http://camproxy.mammothmountain.com/Sum ... proxy.html

Plan B since it's pointless to go to the top of the mountain this morning; go to my girlfriend's office and sit outside in our chairs with our eclipse shades (she has an extra NEW pair - found out any eclipse shades older than 3 years old or if they are scratched or pulling away from the cardboard, should not be used. Rick's shades are from 2006 and are scratched.) and watch from there. I'm bringing a colander and two pieces of white cardboard, one with a pinhole in it and we'll see what kind of pretty eclipse designs we can make with both.

Happy and safe viewing everyone!

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 Post subject: Re: 2017 Total Solar Eclipse
PostPosted: Mon Aug 21, 2017 9:59 am 
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fyi - reading glasses work. mind you not to look through but as if you were trying to start a fire with a magnifying glass...

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 Post subject: Re: 2017 Total Solar Eclipse
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Ooo. Oh. Ah.
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 Post subject: Re: 2017 Total Solar Eclipse
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maybe good time to buy lotto ticket....

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 Post subject: Re: 2017 Total Solar Eclipse
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GOES16 Image loops.
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 Post subject: Re: 2017 Total Solar Eclipse
PostPosted: Mon Aug 21, 2017 12:17 pm 
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Viewers! ;)

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 Post subject: Re: 2017 Total Solar Eclipse
PostPosted: Mon Aug 21, 2017 12:54 pm 
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US iTunes

1 Bonnie Tyler - Total Eclipse of the Heart

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