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Old 07-11-2017, 09:46 PM   #11
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I'll spend the night at the home of friends who live in Goose Creek, S.C., just north of Charleston. Their back yard is comfortably within the totality zone.

Wade, don't use the new camera for the eclipse unless you put the appropriate filter on the lens. Else, looking through the finder you will lose the sight of an eye, while simultaneously destroying the camera. It takes only milliseconds after the end of totality, and you can't react quickly enough to save yourself. Take pix of the people you're with. Take pix of the cute duckies waddling across the road. Take pix of the kittycats freaking out. Don't take pix of the sun.
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Old 07-12-2017, 03:54 PM   #12
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I likely won't even try. I certainly won't be photographing anything that requires protective filters to look at.

We will have about 2:15 of totality. I been told that the corona (and all that other stuff) is about as bright as a full moon and of course is safe to look at with unprotected eyes. And cameras.

I suspect though, that since the lens only goes out to 280mm (35mm equivalent) that my images of the totality event will be puny and unimpressive. And there will be many online images I can point to and say "Yeah! It looked just like that!"

So you think if I limit myself to the first minute of the event and put the camera away I'll be safe?

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On edit: I just checked pricing on a 58mm diameter solar filter and $60 or so is to rich for me, especially since NASA will be making much better pictures than me and giving them away. That and the aforementioned puny composition. That's just too much for a filter I'll use once.

I do have an older Fuji digital camera that I may take and put on a tripod to video about 5 - 10 minutes before/after the totality of peoples reaction and let folks see just how dark it did get. That might be fun.

Once I see the event with bare eyes though, I'll be mindful of the clock anyway as I'll be putting the goggles back on right about the 2:00 mark to catch the "diamond ring" effect.
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Old 07-12-2017, 11:30 PM   #13
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We will have about 2:15 of totality. I been told that the corona (and all that other stuff) is about as bright as a full moon and of course is safe to look at with unprotected eyes. And cameras.
Yes, that's correct. What people do sometimes, though, is get so involved with the corona, and their telescopes, and their binoculars, and their cameras, that they lose track of the time -- 2:15 can fly by -- and they're looking at the lovely corona through, say, a 50mm-diameter objective when the sun starts to come back out. That 50mm objective is rather larger than their eye's pupil is (perhaps 4mm max) and gathers about 300 times as much light. Bingo, no retina any more, and no more looking at pretty faces. Ever.

It happens to someone, somewhere, every eclipse, and it ain't worth risking.

Ten million people, and NASA too, will be taking pix, and surely some of them can take better pix than you or I can.

But I have a pair of filters for my binoculars (Fujinon 7x50), and I'm not gonna take them off during the eclipse.
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Old 07-15-2017, 03:03 PM   #14
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Where we will be at Lake Hartwell State Park we will have about 2 minutes and 15 seconds of totality. Fair Play appears to be the closest community just a few miles to the east of the park. You can check out the path for SC here: http://www.eclipse2017.org/2017/states/SC.htm If you want to look at other states in the path just change the state abbreviation in the address.
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I read somewhere you want to be facing west, or slightly northwest now that I think about it. You will see the moons shadow approaching (at about Mach 2 or 3, I'm told) when totality begins and the the approaching light as totality ends.

Only visible for a second but worth seeing. I guess well get out a compass (I always carry one for finding off-the-air TV) and scout out a good westerly spot.
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