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    I plan on going to Casper, Wyoming next year for the eclipse. If anyone is going to Casper and has not made reservations you might get on it quick. They have had people booking rooms and RV sites for the last 5 years and I am not sure about rooms, but RV sites are becoming hard to find and $$. Now for my question I have the option to either mount a Nexstar 4se or 8 se to watch the eclipse. I have solar filters for both, but the 4 is easier to carry, and to take digital photos (NexImage 5) with. Can anyone tell this newbie if there will be any real advantages with using the 8?
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    Default Re: 2017 Solar Eclipse

    The 4SE will work fine for you. I plan to view with an ST80 while I shoot video with a 90 Mak.

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    Default Re: 2017 Solar Eclipse

    I'm heading down to Kentucky to observe the eclipse. It's a twelve hour drive but it's worth it. Already planning on sleeping in the car.
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    Default Re: 2017 Solar Eclipse

    Quote Originally Posted by rickg18704 View Post
    I'm heading down to Kentucky to observe the eclipse. It's a twelve hour drive but it's worth it. Already planning on sleeping in the car.
    The best place and longest duration of totality is 5 miles west of my house. My small Kentucky town is making major plans for the event, with a large NASA presence. I plan to sit in my driveway, there won't be a better place in the whole US to see it from.
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    Sounds good, my brother and I have RV's and are taking some of the family to Wyoming for the event. Should be a fun time, the campsite is full hookup and two miles from the " line " in Casper. About a 6 hour drive from my home, got as good as my driveway, but good enough.
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    Default Re: 2017 Solar Eclipse

    Our house sits a couple miles from center-line in IL around the ~89% mark. Will be interesting.

    Yes, things need to be setup NOW, believe it or not.

    (Around Makanda IL is the longest duration, but hundreds of miles is only a few seconds shorter, not an issue.)
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    Default Re: 2017 Solar Eclipse

    Not sure if I'll travel to see the total but from FL I'll still get a good partial viewing - time and weather will tell the tale.

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    I am day tripping into Nebraska for my shot at totality. Picked a town on the centerline. Interstate nearby in case we need to bug out to find a hole in the clouds
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